Berkeley Walks: Expanded and updated edition

Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5,
320 pages.
ISBN: 9781597145411

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By Robert E. Johnson and Janet L. Byron

This expanded and updated edition of a local bestseller offers more revealing rambles through one of America’s most fascinating cities. Visitors and locals will be surprised and charmed by the treasures that dot the paths of these 21 walks showcasing Berkeley’s neighborhoods, shopping districts, and academic areas.


Berkeley Walks celebrates the things that make Berkeley such a wonderful walking city: diverse architecture, panoramic views, tree-lined neighborhoods, unusual gardens, secret pathways, hidden parks, and vibrant street life. Historical surprises and architectural delights include the apartment building from which Patty Hearst was kidnapped; Ted Kaczynski’s home before he became the Unabomber; and the residences of Nobel laureates and literary Berkeleyans such as Thornton Wilder, Ann Rice, and Philip K. Dick. With more than 100 photographs and detailed maps with hundreds of points of interest on these easy-to-follow, self-guided walking tours, Berkeley Walks is an indispensable guide to the wonderments and personalities associated with the city.


Robert (Bob) E. Johnson has lived in Berkeley for over 30 years. For the past twenty years, Bob has led group walking tours for groups such as Greenbelt Alliance (of which he is a board member), Berkeley Path Wanderers Association, the Berkeley Historical Society, and Bay Nature magazine.

Janet L. Byron has lived in Berkeley, California, for more than half her life. Malcolm Margolin’s East Bay Out was the first walking guide she purchased, and it introduced her to the joys of exploring nature by foot. She has subsequently led walks for Greenbelt Alliance, Berkeley Path Wanderers Association (BPWA), Girl Scouts, Congregation Beth El, and other local groups, and has served on the boards of Greenbelt Alliance, BPWA, Friends of Strawberry Creek, Willard Neighborhood Association, and Berkeley Partners for Parks. She attended the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and works as a science writer and editor. Janet lives in West Berkeley with her daughter.