Despite what many think, London is a city that is great for walking. There are many green areas and paths that vehicles can’t get to and the pavements all over the city are being improved all the time. Transport for London has been trying to support healthy and environment-friendly alternatives and now treats walking as any other of form of transportation.
You can catch up with the 6 previous posts about travelling in London here.
A lot of times short trips will be faster if walking than by bus or driving, especially in Central London. If you’re only going for 2, 3 or 4 stops you could be better off by walking (and it could also save you some money).
There are also some journeys that can be done by an underground that are actually a lot faster when you walk. Especially if there are changes or a lot of steps. TFL has a great list of journeys that are faster when walking.
In most high streets and outside many stations, as well as important roads and landmarks there are signs with maps of the area that show how long it takes to walk to different places in the area. When you are not sure if walking is a good option, look for these signs. They are dark blue with white and yellow writing, and there are more than 1700 spread around London.
There are thousands of promoted walks around London. Some go through the city, some through green areas, and most through a mix of both. Sometimes there’s a theme to the walks, for example, architecture or the life of an author, other times they follow natural formations, such as a river.
You can find many of these walks on the websites of the different Boroughs with maps and guides. The Ramblers website has a great search option where you can find walks near any postcode. You won’t be able to see all the information of the walk unless you are a member, but you usually get enough to follow short walks or what you need to find full maps for longer walks. Right next to our school there are two short walks you could do next time you come to class: Stockwell to Brixton avoiding the main roads (takes about 1 hour) and a round walk around Clapham Common(just under 1 hour).
There are also 7 longer TFL-promoted walks. These are so long that they are divided into sections, with the idea of doing one section per day. They are:
The TFL website has full maps and directions for these walks for free. Most parts are easy to walk with mobility issues and with children, but for the parts that are a bit harder, there are always easier alternatives. When you finish a walk you can even download a certificate of completion.
And one last tip: look where you’re going, not at your phone screen!