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7 Great Books about London’s River Walks

Since I started this website, I’ve read several books about walking London’s waterways. This post lists my favourite books about London’s rivers, including the paths of the lost rivers (which I’ve also walked!) If you are interested in river walks in London, I hope you find this list helpful.

Books about London's River Walks

I hope you love the books I recommend! Just so you know, some of the links below are affiliate links, so I will receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) if you buy through the links.

7 Best Books on London’s Rivers

1. River Wandle Companion

River Wandle Companion

This book has everything you need to know about the River Wandle, and was very helpful to me when I was first exploring the Wandle Trail. There are chapters on the industrial heritage of the river, houses along the river, and wildlife, as well as lots of beautiful photographs and useful maps.

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River Wandle Companion and Wandle Trail Guide
  • Hardcover Book
  • Steel, Robert William (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

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2. London’s Lost Rivers: A Walker’s Guide

I first came across this book in the Wandle Industrial Museum’s library. It has walking routes of eleven different waterways. I like it because it covers some of London’s less well-known waterways, such as the Moselle River, the Black Ditch, Cock and Pye Ditch, Bollo Brook, and Counters Creek. The routes are clearly set out, along with helpful maps which are easy to follow.

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London’s Lost Rivers: A Walker’s Guide: Volume 2 (Strange Attractor Press)
  • Tom Bolton (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 272 Pages – 01/14/2020 (Publication Date) – Strange Attractor Press (Publisher)

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3. The Lost Rivers of London

The Lost Rivers of London

If you are interested in London’s lost rivers, this is the best book on the subject. It covers London’s main lost rivers such as the Fleet, the Effra, the Westbourne, and the Tyburn, and goes over how the rivers were used in history. In the back cover is a very useful fold-out insert with a map showing the routes of all the rivers.

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The Lost Rivers of London: A Study of Their Effects Upon London and Londoners,…
  • Hardcover Book
  • Barton, N.J. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

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4. Walking London’s Waterways

Walking London's Waterways

This is a very practical book, and good for exploring the different waterways in London. It covers canals and docks, and has a range of walks of different lengths. I used this book when I was planning my walks of the Thames Path, as it includes some of the best routes along the Thames, including from Kew to Richmond.

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Walking London’s Waterways: Great Routes for Walking, Running, Cycling Along…
  • Gilly Cameron-Cooper (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 176 Pages – 04/01/2016 (Publication Date) – IMM Lifestyle (Publisher)

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5. London’s Hidden Rivers

London's Hidden Rivers

This book is a walker’s guide to the subterranean waterways of London. It covers twelve of London’s lost rivers including the Walbrook, the Fleet and the Westbourne. Each walk starts at the tube or railway station nearest to the source of the river, and then follows its course to the Thames.

London’s Hidden Rivers: A walker’s guide to the subterranean waterways of London
  • Fathers, David (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages – 06/22/2017 (Publication Date) – Frances Lincoln (Publisher)

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6. Walking on Water

Walking on Water

This book focuses on seven of North London’s lost rivers: the Fleet, Walbrook, Tyburn, Westbourne, Counter’s Creek, Stamford Brook and Black Ditch. The book includes photographs of the walks, and maps showing the path of each river.

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Walking on Water: London’s Hidden Rivers Revealed
  • Myers, Stephen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages – 06/15/2011 (Publication Date) – Amberley Publishing (Publisher)

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7. London’s Waterside Walks

This book contains twenty one different river walks in London, including six on the Thames Path. It also covers routes along some of London’s canals, docks and reservoirs. The walks vary between 3-7 miles in length, and the book includes photographs and maps.

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London’s Waterside Walks: 21 Walks Along the City’s Most Beautiful Rivers and…
  • David Hampshire (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 192 Pages – 04/07/2019 (Publication Date) – City Books (Publisher)

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If you know of any other good books that are not in this list, please let me know either by leaving a comment below, or emailing me at [email protected].