The Royal Geographical Society has just launched three brand-new walks around the capital’s waterways as part of its prestigious Discovering Britain series of geographical walks.

Between two and three and a half miles long, each is designed to introduce walkers to a new part of the city or find new stories in familiar places.

Among them are:

Ebb and Flow concentrating on the stretch of the river near Hampton Court. Described as "a gentle 3.5 mile stroll between Kingston and Molesey" to introduce walkers to the geographical characteristics of the non-tidal Thames - its flows and floods, its islands and meanders.

Walking on Water traces the capital’s underground water in a 2.5 mile walk from Islington to Blackfriars. "Discover the unseen, subterranean waterways under your feet. See familiar streets and neighbourhoods with fresh eyes. Find out how to read signs of water in the streetscapes".

Trains and Boats and Planes invites you to explore a little known section of the Thames at North Woolwich. Once a boggy remote marsh in Kent, it became the industrial heart of the world’s largest port. Today the riverside and Royal Docks are changing again. This 2.5 mile walk tells their story of boom, decline and revival.

Besides these three new walks the RGS also has existing Thames walks at Oxford, Marlow, the South Bank, Deptford, Greenwich and the Essex Estuary at Leigh-on-Sea.

Discovering Britain ( is a website featuring a series of over 100 self-guided geographical walks that help explain the stories behind the UK's built and natural landscapes.

Each walk explores a particular landscape, finding out about the way in which the forces of nature, people, events and the economy have created and shaped the area. The society's Discovering Britain website is constantly evolving and aims to bring our islands' geography and history alive.

All the walks are free to download at Printable booklets and downloadable audio guides are also available on the Discovering Britain website. Or for further information and images contact the Discovering Britain team at

The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the learned society and professional body for geography - the subject that helps us understand people, places and environments. The Society's large geographical collection of maps, images and manuscripts is also open to the public.

Story dated August 20th 2014.

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