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Walking the Hidden Upper Tyburn River

Jenni Bowley, Footprints of London

Saturday, 25 November 2017 from 10:30 to 13:00 (GMT)

Walking the Hidden Upper Tyburn River

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Standard 24 Nov 2017 £12.00 £0.00
students, unemployed and over 65s – note each child aged under 14 is free if accompanied by a fee paying adult
24 Nov 2017 £9.00 £0.00

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Picture of Shepherd's Hill Well Memorial

 Shepherds Hill Well (one source of the Tyburn River) (c) Jenni Bowley, 2015

Tyburn - London's Hidden River from Hampstead to Regent's Park

What does the name Tyburn mean to you?  A hidden river or a hanging tree?  The infamous gallows were at Marble Arch, some distance from the Tyburn and you'll struggle to find Tyburn on a modern map - but it has left its mark on the urban landscape.  We can trace the course of the river on the gentle curves of roads and in street names - sometimes we can even hear it running below gratings and below our feet within a bridge over the Regent's Canal!

This walk starts at Hampstead underground station and traces the upper section of the route of the underground River Tyburn.  The River has two sources - one is on Shepherds Hill in Hampstead, and the second is behind the old Hampstead Town Hall.  We'll follow its course through Belsize Park, Swiss Cottage and the edge of St John's Wood, down to where it passes through Regent's Park.  While the Tyburn was never a large river, it did represent was an important boundary between land holdings and was a very important source of drinking water for London. 

This walk gives you the opportunity if you wish to walk the entire route of the River - after a break for lunch in Regent's Park we will be walking from Baker Street to Pimlico.  If you wish to do this, you also need to book the second walk Walking the Hidden Lower Tyburn River, which you can do on this link:

The morning walk will start at 10.30 and finish at approximately 1.00.  Please check the Transport for London Journey Planner site for travel details.

Do you have questions about Walking the Hidden Upper Tyburn River? Contact Jenni Bowley, Footprints of London

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Hampstead tube Station

NW3 1QG London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 25 November 2017 from 10:30 to 13:00 (GMT)

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Jenni Bowley, Footprints of London

I am a Clerkenwell & Islington Guide, a City of London Guide and a Camden Guide - I have lived and worked in London for nearly 40 years and I still love exploring London’s byways and alleyways. I'm also a chartered accountant so as you would expect, I love to explore the financial heart of the City and investigate the origins of London as a world financial centre and how it developed from drinking coffee in the early equivalents of Starbucks.


My portfolio of over 50 walks include explorations of life in Medieval, Georgian and Victorian London, tracing the routes of lost rivers, looking at some of London’s “villages” and walking around the great diversity of public art.

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