31 Brent – Feargal Sharkey by Rick Pearson

For the 31st – and final – episode of London’s Peaks, we take a walk to the highest point in Brent with the legendary singer Feargal Sharkey. En route, Feargal talks politics, rock’n’roll and why it’s high time we started looking after our rivers.

Follow Feargal on Twitter: @Feargal_Sharkey


30 Barking & Dagenham – Matt Brown by Rick Pearson

He’s waded through the buried River Fleet and spent a night in a haunted plague pit. But, until recently, Matt Brown, editor-at-large at the Londonist, had never visited the highest point in the borough of Barking & Dagenham – to be found in Marks Gate cemetery. Join him for this epic ascent as we discuss whale bones and why everything you know about London is probably wrong…

Visit the Londonist website: londonist.com

Follow Matt Brown on Twitter: @mattfromlondon

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29 Harrow – Jack Cornish by Rick Pearson

A hike to the highest point in Harrow – and all of north London – with the Ramblers’ Jack Cornish. En route to the peak, on Bushey Heath (153m), we discuss the Don’t Lose Your Way campaign, which is looking to safeguard rights of way before they are lost forever.

For more on the Don’t Lose Your Way campaign, visit the Ramblers website: ramblers.org.uk

Follow Jack Cornish on Twitter: @cornish_jack

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26 Hillingdon – Tim Ingram-Smith by Rick Pearson

Join us on a walk through the hills of Hillingdon in the company of Tim Ingram-Smith. Tim is three-quarters of the way through walking the London Spiral, a 300-mile detour from King’s Cross to Gravesend, and talks about his curiosity for the capital and how walking here compares with walking in his native Scotland.

For more information on the London Spiral, visit: londonspiral.wordpress.com

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25 Hounslow – Alice Procter by Rick Pearson

This time round, we’re hiking to the highest point in the borough of Hounslow in the company of Alice Procter, a tour guide and art historian. Alice runs the Uncomfortable Art tours where she looks at the troubling truth behind some of Britain’s most celebrated figures and artefacts. Our walk begins in the western fringes of Osterley Park, a hidden gem located just behind Osterley tube station.

Take an Uncomfortable Art tour: theexhibitionist.org

Follow Alice on Twitter: @aaprocter

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24 Barnet – Maxwell Ayamba by Rick Pearson

Maxwell Ayamba, co-founder of the Black Men Walk for Health group, travels down from Sheffield to scale the Barnet beacon. Maxwell’s walking group encourages black men – and women – to embrace rural walking for the sake of their physical and mental wellbeing. He discusses whether the British countryside has a diversity problem and whether a similar group could flourish in London.

Find out more about Black Men Walk For Health: 100blackmenwalk.blogspot.com

Find out more about the Sheffield Environment Movement charity: semcharity.org.uk

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22 Havering – John Rogers by Rick Pearson

Accompany author, filmmaker and psychogeographer John Rogers on a hike to the highest point in the borough of Havering. Following the London Loop over fields, streams and country lanes, John discusses ‘remote London’ and why he believes adventure begins at home.

Pick up a copy of John’s book, This Other London, here.

Check out John’s YouTube channel here.

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21 Newham – Stephen Armstrong by Rick Pearson

In 2018 Britain, two thirds of families living in poverty are in work and nearly a million people work zero-hours contracts. In his new book, The New Poverty, Stephen Armstrong tells the stories of the most vulnerable in British society – and how we could, and should, be doing more to help them. All this and more en route to the Beckton Alps, a toxic spoil heap that also happens to be the highest point in the borough of Newham. 

Pick up a copy of The New Poverty here

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20 Haringey – Emma Rosen by Rick Pearson

Do you love your job? What are the ingredients of a satisfying career? And why are we picky about our partners but content to settle for unsatisfactory careers? These are some of the questions Emma Rosen contemplates en route to the highest point in Haringey, the roundabout at the top of North Hill (129m). Having recently completed her '25 before 25' initiative – which saw her try out 25 careers in a year, all before her 25th birthday – Emma believes many Londoners could benefit from trying out a wider variety of roles before deciding which is truly right for them. 

For more on Emma's '25 before 25' initiative, visit 25before25.co.uk

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19 Merton – Joe Watson by Rick Pearson

What's in a view? That's the question discussed by the National Trust's Joe Watson en route to the highest point in the borough of Merton. Joe talks about the 'Points of View' campaign, which is looking to preserve and increase the number of the capital's protected views – particularly south of the river. 

Follow the National Trust on Twitter: @NTLovesLondon

Contact the National Trust about its Points of View campaign: here

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18 Bexley – Tim Waterman by Rick Pearson

Tim Waterman is a landscape architect and theorist whose work explores the interconnections between place, food, taste and democratic society. Born in the US but based in London, he takes a walk with George Bull to the highest point in Bexley – Langdon Shaw – talking anarchism, planning and Peter Kropotkin. 

Pick up a copy of Tim's latest book, Landscape and Agency, here

Follow Tim on Twitter @tim_waterman

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17 Enfield – Richard Godwin by Rick Pearson

Richard Godwin is a journalist and author whose latest book, The Spirits, investigates the art of the cocktail. He takes a walk to the highest point in his home borough of Enfield, talking booze, the 'burbs and the simmering rivalry with neighbouring Barnet. 

Pick up a copy of Richard's book, The Spirits, here

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16 Redbridge – Martin Soan by Rick Pearson

Comedian and compere Martin Soan walks with us to the highest point in the borough of Redbridge – Cabin Hill, 90m above sea-level. On the way to the peak, Martin discusses comedy, the "naked balloon dance" and his old sparring partner, the outrageous Malcolm Hardee.

Find out more about Martin's comedy night, Pull The Other One, here.

Summit to laugh about: comedian Martin Soan at the peak of Redbridge

Summit to laugh about: comedian Martin Soan at the peak of Redbridge

15 Ealing – Matthew Beaumont by Rick Pearson

In a first for London's Peaks, this walk takes place after dark. Why? Because this episode's guest is none other than Matthew Beaumont, author of Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London. En route to the peak on Horsenden Hill, Matthew discusses Dickens, deep topography and the night's ability to re-enchant places. He also politely points out to co-host George Bull that they may be going the wrong way, seeing as they are headed downhill rather than up. 

Pick up a copy of Nightwalking here.

Enchanted by the night: author Matthew Beaumont at the summit of Ealing

Enchanted by the night: author Matthew Beaumont at the summit of Ealing

14 Croydon – John Grindrod by Rick Pearson

Author and proud Croydonian John Grindrod takes a walk with us to the highest point in the much-maligned south London borough. Having written Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt, John is the ideal man to talk about the capital's outer limits. En route to the peak – the second highest of all the London boroughs – we talk Bowie, the housing crisis and why Croydon is much better than most give it credit for. 

Pick up a copy of Outskirts here

Follow John Grindrod on Twitter here

Who'd have fort it? John finds a tree fort at the summit 

Who'd have fort it? John finds a tree fort at the summit 

12 Waltham Forest – Will Ashon by Rick Pearson

Having written a book about Epping Forest and its attendant myths and madmen, Will Ashon is the perfect tour guide on a walk to the highest point in the borough: Pole Hill. On the way, Will discusses his book Strange Labyrinth and the role the forest plays in our collective imagination. There's also some chatter about tree climbing, carving and animal droppings. So something for everyone, really. 

Pick up a copy of Strange Labyrinth here

Follow Will Ashon on Twitter: @willashon

In Pole position: Will Ashon at the top of Pole, 91m above sea-level. 

In Pole position: Will Ashon at the top of Pole, 91m above sea-level.