Whether you live in London, or you’re visiting, there is no better time than summer to get out and explore. While many capital cities are dominated by an urban landscape and deemed a concrete jungle, London is plentiful with green spaces that make for the perfect trek. Put on your walking boots and get your steps in this summer.
With fitness trackers and smartphones tracking your every move and forever prompting you to reach 10,000 steps, it’s time to show it who really is boss.
Jubilee Greenway to Camden
Regent’s Canal, home to Little Venice, offers one of the most pleasant canal walks in London. The route, which stretches from London Zoo to Camden Lock, is rather peaceful and makes for a lovely walk on a sunny day. When the sun is shining, the canal barges and boats are active, providing some entertainment to your jaunt.
London Wall Walk
If you’re into history, or would simply like to learn more about London, follow in the footsteps of the ancient past with the London Wall Walk. This trek is plotted out by the Museum of London and spans from Tower Hill to Blackfriars.
The walk lasts about two hours so will certainly keep you occupied; though it’s wise to take refreshments as walking can be hungry work. Enjoy the modern and ancient architecture standing proud in cohabitation as you wander through the city.
Okay, so the entire Thames path is some 184-miles long, so unless you’re training for a serious ultra-marathon, you’re unlikely to trek the entire route. That said, the last few miles of the Thames riverside offers some pretty attractive views. The Putney to Tower Bridge section is a little over 13-miles, and at the end of the bridge, there are two routes to choose from.
The South Bank route starts at Wandsworth and makes its way through Battersea Park before taking in London’s South Bank. It’s the perfect way to sight-see the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and the many galleries and restaurants that London has to offer.
Morden Hall Park
Stemming back to the 1770s, Morden Hall was once a country estate before the National Trust took ownership in 1941. The River Wandle flows through the 125-acre park, and the likes of cormorants and herons reside here, so it’s the perfect trek for wildlife fans. It’s also a mere five minute walk from Morden tube station, so you can be back indoors with your feet up in no time – the Dorsett Hotel, City of London is the ultimate centre of relaxation, perfect after a long trek.
The park is open all year-round and boasts no entry free; you’re able to explore the tree-lined pathways and unspoilt greenery with no limitations. It certainly seems a million miles away from the usual hustle and bustle of the capital.
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