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The Thames from Richmond to Putney Bridge : the walker's guide


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David McDowall
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194 x 130 mm
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Beyond encouraging others to share his delight in walking in lovely places, David McDowall writes walkers' guides for other reasons. Over the past half century there has been an increasing conflict between our desire to use open spaces for our recreation and the need to conserve and protect them from degradation. This is as true of urban parks as it is of rural landscapes. We need to rediscover what is precious about them. When we know the ecological and human story of a particular landscape, our respect for it is enhanced. Another feature of the past 50 years has been our greatly increased mobility and rootlessness. We are no longer anchored in one place, as most of our forebears were. Acquiring an intimate knowledge of the landscape and what has happened to it over the centuries helps us to feel an affinity with the land we inhabit. The slowness of walking integrates us with the landscape, a civilising activity offering calm and connectedness in a troubled age.


Kim Wilkie (author, The Thames Landscape Strategy)  

David McDowall's second volume of walks demands passion from its readers and offers a wealth of fascinating observation, humour and perception in return. David peels back the layers of landscape to make the full memory and contrariness of the place come alive. Reading this book as you walk is to be accompanied by the most witty, informative and provocative companion you could wish for.

Paths Covered by this Publication:

296 km / 184 miles

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