2020 A long walk – London walks and beyond

Review of the Year 2020

My 2020 year of walking started by the tomb of King Harold at Waltham Abbey and ended down by the Thames at Wapping.

This year we walked rivers both lost and running through hills (the Chelmer, the Chess, the Fleet, the Neckinger, Ingrebourne, the Cranbrook, the Lea and more), we learnt about the history of our local streets, I did my longest walk to date because I had a bad back and couldn’t sit down. Our walks also took us back through time into London’s past and we saw the beginnings of its future. This video contains just a few of my walking highlights of the year.

I just want to say an enormous thank you for walking with me through this strangest of years, you’ve been amazing company, your comments on the videos have been an endless source of knowledge and lore and just to have you along has meant the world to me. With that I’d like to wish you the Happiest of New Years.

Wapping waterfront 2020

Some of the locations in this video: Waltham Abbey, Stepney, River Chelmer, Ewell, City of London, River Chess, Hanwell, Leytonstone, Leyton, Stratford, Walthamstow, Epping Forest, Snaresbrook, Stoke Newington, River Lea, Ilford, Upshire, Ramsgate, Chalfont St. Giles, Harold Wood, Bloomsbury, Purfleet, Kings Cross, Forest Gate, Tower Hill, and Wapping.

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Music used in the video:
Meeting Again by Emily A. Sprague
Dream Escape – The Tides
Pachabelly by Huma-Huma
Nevada City by Huma-Huma
Spenta Mainyu by Jesse Gallagher
Fresh Fallen Snow by Chris Haugen
Gymnopedie No 1 by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/…)
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Little Drunk, Quiet Floats by Puddle of Infinity
Tupelo Train by Chris Haugen
Solar Power by Ashley Shadow
Orbit by Corbyn Kites
Evening Fall Harp by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/…)
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  1. Alan Pitts   •  

    Thanks John and a happy and healthy new year to you and your family. I only came across your channel etc a few months ago but it has provided me much enjoyment and great interest since then. Although now living in Peterborough I was born, grew up and spent most of my working life living in West and East Ham and then Rainham in Essex – working in central London until 1995. The areas you cover are very familiar to me and it is great to hear your take on the local landmarks and history. There are so many occasions when seeing your videos that I’ve said “ I used to drink in that Pub(eg Eagle & Child, Forest Gate) or go to that club( eg The Uppercut, Forest Gate – where I saw Jimmy Hendrix and Nina Simone and many more. By the way did you know it was originally a roller skating rink – it was bought up by the local boxer Billy Walker aka The Blonde Bombshell and his brother George Walker in the late 60s and they converted it to a club/venue).
    I have listened to your book on Audible and am gradually catching up with your films on You Tube.
    Keep up the great work and I look forward to you walks in 2021.

    Regards & thanks

    Alan Pitts

    • JohnR   •     Author

      Thanks for that wonderful comment Alan – and a very happy new year to you

  2. Dave Moerel   •  

    Thanks John we wish you and your family a safe and happy New year. My wife and I so much enjoy your films we always feel we have walked with you. Live in Cornwall now, so many memories of Whipps Cross Lido Rising Sun pond and green shed cafe in the forest, all gone now. Thank you So much. Look forward to more, where ever that may be.

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