REVIEW: Rivers of Britain

March 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

Did you know that there is an 11 degree magnetic anomaly below the Forth Bridge, because so much steel has been used in its construction? I do now, after perusing aptly named Stuart Fisher’s new book Rivers of Britain (£19.50).

Doing exactly what it promises, the guidebook goes into detail on every single river in the UK, from practical facts and figures to maritime folklore. So much history is included in its pages that this book is essentially a history of Britain from an aquatic perspective, which due to the industrial revolution and river trade means there’s a lot to say on even the smallest canals.

The descriptions and information provided on each river are very wordy and dry, but each page is scattered with beautiful glossy pictures, maps, drawings and even scraps of poetry, making Rivers of Britain a great coffee table book to flick through.

The book would be a great addition to the library of keen walkers, fishermen and kayakers as a change from simple guidebooks, and it opens your eyes to the sheer amount of beautiful, accesible riverways we have in Britain. However for people after picnic spots, cliff jumping and sunny riverbanks, I’d recommend something less academic, such as Wild Swimming by Daniel Start.

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