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The London Loop (Recreational Path Guides) Paperback – 23 Jun 2006

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (23 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845131991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845131999
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 642,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Sharp, Londoner and veteran rambler, was one of the 'founding fathers' of the Loop which (like the second, inner, orbital path, the Capital Ring, also the subject of one of Aurum's Recreational Path Guides) was conceived and devised by the London Walking Forum and developed in collaboration with the London boroughs in the course of the 1990s.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 July 2007
Format: Paperback
A fantastic guide to the london loop, a walking path that runs from erith all the way round the outside of london in an anti clockwise direction to coldharbour. which is right over the other side of the thames from erith. this is divided into fifteen different stages which vary from eight to thirteen miles in length.

The route is very well signposted along the way - with the exception of stage seven. The book has maps of each stage [sorry to read one reviewer didn't find them good because I found them very easy to read and use]and gives directions that are generally easy to follow. I mention stage seven as being the odd one out as it requires spotting a church on the horizon to go the right way over one common, and signs on this stage are conspicuous by their abscence. But the other stages are very well signposted.

All of them lead through woods and parkland and some fascinating pathways, villages that have been swallowed up by the metropolis, and there's some remarkable things to see on the way. I've just finished this walk and thoroughly enjoyed it, and the book was an invaluable guide. So I highly recommend it. Although please note it doesn't mention the end of stage four/start of stage five doesn't have to be reached by bus, as whyteleafe station is a mere fifteen minutes walk away, and you can spot it on the maps.
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5 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Scholes on 2 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
If you want to browse this to get an idea of what the walk is like, then ok buy it. But under no circumstances whatever take it with you on the walk. The maps are too small scale to help and the directions are far too scanty to be useful.

One of the problems in the UK (compare Switzerland for example) is that people tend to vandalise footpath signs. So there are many places where the route is not well signed, or even misleadingly signed, on the ground. In such places you need clear detailed directions and/or a really good large-scale map. See, for example, the Wainwright guides.

This book is just hopeless. I got so frustrated on the first two occasions I took it with me that I binned the wretched thing. If I could award negative stars I would!
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