I had a fabulous walk yesterday with my old mate Tim Wright; it looks like this on Runkeeper:
What that dashboard doesn’t tell you, though, is that we walked from Caterham almost to South Norwood and barely stepped on a pavement. We walked along heaths and ridges and through fields and forests, and could have been in deepest Shropshire or Gloucestershire. In fact, we were inside the M25.
London is a city. But London is the countryside, too. And it’s pretty easy to find.
This is the view from Addington Hills north to Crystal Palace, using the Panorama function on the iPhone (click for the full version).
And this is the old church (very, very old – 11th century in parts) at Farleigh: Saint Mary, nestled in between a farm and a road, and for all the world as isolated as Roanoke.
All this, I say again: in London.