Anyone who has visited our capital city will know how hectic it can be trying to get from A to B. If you’re unlucky enough to have to navigate the Underground during the rush hour, it’s enough to put you off touring the city altogether! However, don’t underestimate the walking routes that London has to offer; walking is an incredible way to see the sights that London has to offer and while many tourists will naturally wander between the major sights, they may not be aware of the routes and trails that can be found within the city, too.
If you are heading to the city for a day or two, book yourself into the local Travelodge and plan your itinerary. Once you know what free time you have, you can consider heading for one of the following top walking routes, where you can breathe in the fresh, crisp air that the city provides away from the traffic fumes, and enjoy some quality time outdoors.
St. James Park
As the oldest of the Royal parks, it’s also one of the most scenic and beautiful. Of course, if you have the time, the other Royal parks are well worth stopping by – but if you have a hectic schedule and can only fit in a walk around one, St. James’ Park is the one to beat. The wildlife alone is reason enough to visit this vast green space, never mind the stunning landscapes that will lure you in.
The Thames Path
While it may be 40 miles long from one end to the other, this stretch of pathway that lines the River Thames can be enjoyed at any point along the way – you certainly don’t have to walk the whole distance, that’s for sure! While you’ll be in the heart of the city, you’ll be able to enjoy areas that are particularly appealing to your interests, including strolls past many of the iconic landmarks that the city possesses, as well as Hampton Court Palace and the stunning bridges that span the river along the way.
From fields and woodland to heathland and greens, Hampstead Heath is unashamedly varied and with 800 acres of space to explore, you can enjoy some spectacular views across the city’s skyline. You can find a detailed guide here, to help you navigate the heath – you’ll need some sturdy shoes though; the terrain can get bumpy at times!
Walking is undoubtedly one of the best ways of seeing what London has to offer. If you drive, or use the Tube, you will often miss some of the charm that the city possesses, but if you let your feet do the walking you’ll have no excuse but enjoy the sights and everywhere in-between!