I like walking, in cities and in the countryside. When I walk I like to get a sense of what has shaped the landscape or cityscape around me: human forces (economic, agricultural) or natural ones (geology, weather). Can you recommend any books that will help me do this? For example, I'm told that this one
is good for knowing the geology under your feet when you're hillwalking in Britain. Rather more specifically, this one
is good for knowing, as you walk through any given part of Paris, what has made it into what it is today, though it would only work by example for other cities, not by transferable principles (in the way that a 'field guide to human geography' might work).
Other things being equal, I'm more interested in books about the British Isles and western Europe, but I'm open to other suggestions too. I don't mind if your answer is a blog or a website, either.