I created this walk as it is actually pretty much where I live and it is both very rich in history but also green and spacious which is extra good these days. This tour is perfect for both local Londoners who want a few hours out of the house and away from the crowds but also for foreign visitors who want just a taste of the beautiful English countryside, see some picturesque village scenes and to get away from the hurly burly of London.
Stanmore is right at the edge of London and this area has been important for thousands of years. In fact though this tour is very laid back, it probably covers a wider period of time than any other London tour starting way before the Romans and finishing in the modern day.
This tour has something for everything. We will visit Grim’s Dyke, an ancient British earthworks from before Roman times and visit a battlefield where the heroic King Cassivellaunus defeated the Romans and whose elder brother is said by some to have founded London itself. We will also visit locations presumed connections with our warrior Queen Boudica and speaking of Romans we will visit the picturesque Caesars Pond.
We’ll learn about some of the big names who have lived here in the last century or two including Prime Minister Clement Attlee, the country hall of an enthusiastic hot air ballooner who went on to found BP. We will visit the last resting place of a famous Victoria dramatist and see what is said to be the finest ruin in Middlesex (North London) and see the home of Charles Fortnum…. you may have visited his famous shop and hear about a heroic Edwardian exploring who died with Captain Scott at Antartica.
There are knights, highwaymen and the oldest oak in London on the way with the chance to explore an old WW2 Pillbox which is just outside old Bentley Priory… a place that was once a religious priory, then a Royal Palace and latterly the home to RAF Fighter Command during the epic Battle of Britain.
The top end of Stanmore is just about the highest spot in London at around 500 feet and on a fine day we get a great view over the famous London landmarks as we look out 30-40 miles towards.
This isn’t your usual tour but then few of ours are. Some parts do go through woods and by lakes and a little is off paved walkways but everything can be changed as we go along and there are ample places to sit down if needed. You won’t believe that you’re in London!
Departure Time:10.30 am
City Location: Stanmore, London
Duration of Tour: 3 hours
Meeting Place: Just outside Stanmore Station (Jubilee Line) and London Buses 142, 324 and 340.
(Approximate times as all tours are bespoke)
Standard Adult Prices per person excluding entry fees (child prices available upon request).
1 Adult = £35
2 Adults = £30
3 Adults = £25
4 Adults = £20
5 – 10 Adults = £15
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