The idea for this book came from a walk I devised for the pupils of Year 2 at Hampton Wick Infants and Nusery School some years ago. To fit the school timetable it was designed to require just 90 minutes to complete and took in nine places of interest to a curious seven-year-old's mind. The first walk took place in 2010 and every June – until now – Year 2 have kept coming back for more.
An adult version of the walk – on which this current volume is based – followed in 2012. It too visited five of the same sites of interest as the junior version but added another four stops chosen to appeal to the more mature explorer's interests and knowledge. The walk as described starts and finishes at the Jubilee Fountain by the Hampton Wick Library (where parking is available). The 90-minute duration has been retained and the route covers little more than a mile.
However the real purpose of the present book-version of the walk – produced in an era of social distancing and government restrictions on inter-mingling – is to allow would-be explorers to self-guide themselves around the route. The original commentary script of the nine stops on the guided walk is reproduced here and it should still take 90 minutes to walk, look and read – just! But this content is now augmented with instructions on the route, information on additional items of interest to be seen along the way and details of the 14 English Heritage Listed Buildings passed en route.
68 maps and illustrations
Price £6.50 + £1.50 pp