URBAN RAMBLES: 20 Glorious Walks Through English Cities

URBAN RAMBLES: 20 Glorious Walks Through English Cities

NICHOLAS RUDD-JONES    Book Number: 89404    Product format: Paperback

Botanic gardens, allotments, town squares, cemeteries and municipal parks all enrich our urban lives with greenery, nurtured by the fact that the second half of the 20th century saw legislation to create clean air, national parks and green belts. These 20 urban walks take in some of England's most beautiful cities, from the rich medieval heritage of Oxford, Cambridge, York, Lincoln and Norwich, to the Victorian magnificence of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield. Regency elegance is the hallmark of Brighton while Georgian Bath is one of only two whole cities in the world to be granted World Heritage status, the other being Venice. Ports such as Bristol, Liverpool and Newcastle provide bustle and diversity, and the book concludes with the four stages of London's Inner Circle Walk, a 25-mile total that can be done in a day by an intrepid explorer. Cathedrals are a major destination for the walker, and York Minster is at the centre of a medieval complex which includes long stretches of city wall and the ruins of St Mary's Abbey, founded in 1086. Newcastle Cathedral has an unusual lantern spire, a navigation point for shipping for over 500 years, while the bridges over the Tyne are one of the glories of the city, with the soaring minimalist Millennium bridge a particular attraction. Leeds has the porticoed Town Hall, the arcades built by Matcham at the turn of the 20th century, and to the north, leafy Headingley and Woodhouse Moor. In Plymouth the sea is a background to the largest collection of grade 1-listed buildings anywhere in Europe, while Exeter sits in a hollow surrounded by hills. Distances, stopping points, and GPS codes are supplied. 256pp, softback, maps, numerous colour photos.
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ISBN 9780711239746
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