The Lea Valley – Cheshunt to Waltham Abbey

When Gytha Thorkeldóttir (who is she?) offers to William the Conqueror gold equal to the weight of her now dead son, he refuses to turn the body over. So it’s […]

Nottinghill (Part Two) – The Grand Union Canal to Kensal Green Cemetery

What a difference a few minutes makes in London. One moment I’m in scrubs infested by snakes in Saxon times. And the next, I’m on a canal from the industrial […]

Nottinghill (Part One) – Westway, Wormwood Scrubs and the Mitre Bridge

As the Hammersmith Line makes its way overground to Ladbroke Grove, a busy dual carriageway known as [1] Westway dominates the view. Built in the 1960s, it writhes through North […]

Street View, Kampong Jugoyudan

Yogyakarta – Along the Banks Of The Kali Code

Tucked away beneath Yogyakarta’s busy flyovers and bridges, just beyond the high rise hotels of [1] Malioboro Road, is a village that lies along the river Kali Code. Not many […]

KL Tower, Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur – Central Market, Market Square and KL Tower

It’s in 1857 when the first tin mine is established in Kuala Lumpur. 87 Chinese miners arrive at the confluence of the Gombak and Klang river. They set off on […]

Southend-On-Sea - A British Seaside Resort

The Thames Estuary – Southend-On-Sea

“The pier is Southend, and Southend is the pier”, said John Betjeman. Indeed, the pier at Southend is the longest pleasure pier in the world. And an object of pride. […]

The Wandle – Wandsworth to Colliers Wood

Part One of The #WandleValley Walk is full of surprises. As urban as it is, I still find nature reserves, parks, confluences, herons, horses, weirs and even Vikings. And a fast flowing, clean river tq 2 @wandlevalley #londonsrivers #wandsworth

Hughenden Manor, The Home of Benjamin Disraeli

Primrose Day is the anniversary of the death of Benjamin “Dizzy” Disraeli. It goes by unnoticed these days. But his house and gardens, which sit in the gorgeous Chiltern Valley, […]

The Thames Estuary – Thorpe Bay To Southchurch and Prittlewell

Not many have heard of Prittlewell. Unless one is a Southend United fan (the grounds are in Prittlewell), or if one lived in the medieval priory here when it owned […]