The clocks have sprung forward and Spring is finally here! With the long Easter weekend around the corner, we thought we’d share some of our favourite rambling routes and inspire you to get your boots on and get wandering…as well as trim up those chocolate-enhanced Easter waistlines!
The Jubilee Greenway, from Little Venice to Camden
The 60km Jubilee Greenway is one of London’s most beautiful walking routes, with every kilometre representing a year of the Queen’s reign. The long stretch from Kensington Palace to the Thames Barrier, although a little too long for one pair of legs to stroll in a day, can be enjoyed at any point along the path; just pick a section and saunter!
One of our personal favourites is the route between Little Venice and Camden, taking in 2 miles of Regent’s Canal. Even in the middle of the city, you could be mistaken for feeling like you’re strolling along a rural tow path, passing those who live on the canal as you go…and then there’s the added benefit of Camden’s sublime street food at the end of it all!
The Thames, Canary Wharf to Monument
Another watery walk, this one will take you from the iconic glass towers of the financial district, through the Dickensian riverscape of Lime Kiln Wharf, past the historic Gun Powder Dock of the East India Company, through King Edward VII Memorial Park, onto St Peter’s London Docks, then along to St Katherine’s Dock and the Tower of London. If you love the modern architecture of London as much as its murky riverside history, this is a fabulous and fascinating walk that takes about two and a half hours.
Westminster Walk, Houses of Parliament to Westminster Abbey
The sightseers “stomping ground”, this two hour walk is the ultimate way to see the most iconic sights of London on foot. From the Houses of Parliament, the route takes you past Big Ben, 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, Buckingham Palace, St James Park, Westminster Abbey and more. You can either stop and delve into the many attractions along the way, or keep sauntering and take in the sights of the English capital; it’s up to you!
Cultural Walk, Waterloo to London Bridge
A favourite of London’s “culture vultures”, this 3 hour jaunt will take you through some of the city’s finest hotspots for art, theatre, history and food. Beginning at Waterloo station, walkers will take in the London Eye, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, the fabulous bustling Borough Market (a firm favourite of ours!), the Old Operating Theatre and much more, ending at London Bridge Station. An ideal way for day-trippers from the South to taste a little bit of London.
City of Gardens, St Paul’s Loop
Get in touch with nature and exercise your green fingers as well as your toes! Starting and ending at St Paul’s underground station, this “blooming marvellous” route includes some the city’s finest gardens and will introduce you to a stunning, greener side of London you never knew existed. Taking in St Mary Aldermanbury’s lawn, the Barbican Estate Lakeside Gardens and David Hicks’s knot garden by Salters’ Hall, this is a magical 2.4km stroll that takes about 2 hours.