The River Thames: In the Footsteps of the Famous

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The River Thames has inspired countless writers and has formed the backdrop of innumerable events in British history, from the heroic to the downright debauched.
Inspired by the authors and historic figures who have been influenced by the river, the guide takes the reader on a series of walks in the footsteps of such diverse characters as Oliver Twist, Ratty, and Inspector Morse.
Both circular and linear walks lead walkers, cyclists, river-boaters, day-trippers, and the motorist-walker from the Thames Barrier to the river's source deep in the heart of the Cotswolds. Footpaths are enlivened by insights into the fictional characters and their creators who trod these riverbanks before: from Hampton Court and Cliveden to Eel Pie Island, Lewis Carroll's 'wonderland', and Toad Hall at Mapledurham House. Physical refreshment for travellers is also catered for in the many riverside English pubs and restaurants detailed. Lighthearted and irresistibly inquisitive, this practical guide will inspire visitors and locals alike.

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From architects to authors, statesmen to sportsmen, the River Thames has proved an enduring source of inspiration for some of the towering figures of Britain's past and present. It has also borne silent witness to the scandals, intrigues, tragedies and triumphs played out along its route. Take a stroll with the author through the riverside landscape - stopping at inviting pubs, drenched in history - as he follows the Thames Path in the frequently turbulent wake of the famous and the infamous.
Stand on the very spot where: Shakespeare came to worship; visit the pub where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fought with sausage rolls; find out where pirates were hanged in chains, William Wallace had his head impaled or Alice's wonderland was born.

About the Author:

Paul Goldsack is a former paratrooper who has spent a large part of his life adventuring on sailing boats, bicycles and on foot around the world. He is now a journalist who lives on a Dutch sailing barge.

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