London history, London bridges, River Thames etc.

I received a book token earlier in the year for one of my birthdays. I am now retired, although long before my time!

A visit to Chelmsford on a very wet day for other reasons found me in all of the book stores in the City. I found a book by Peter Ackroyd which was selling in one of the major book sellers, at about £25, and just out of interest, I wondered how much cheaper this could be bought in Amazon land.

About a month later, a hard backed book, apparently second-hand, arrived from the USA. The cost was probably a quarter of the book I had seen in the shop previously. I don’t actually know the exact detail, as I don’t have an Amazon account.

As I often profess an interest in rivers and waterways, I quickly gobbled up the opening lines of this new book. The River Thames has 134 bridges, and a number of locks above Teddington. That’s good enough for me. I need to visit all of these bridges, when can I start?

As an aside, my visit to Whitechapel in June cost me £3 in rail fares for a day out.

So, with this detail in hand, how do I visit the Thames, do I drive or take the train?

I did a quick search on walks along the River Thames, and there are a number of footpaths which have been organised and mapped for anyone who wishes to partake in a little leisurely stroll. I am off for the first tomorrow.

Here’s the link for the Thames path – and lots of walks, of which I need many.

I will let you know how I got on.

Kevan

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