Walking has always been considered as one of the best forms of exercise and it is one of the ideal methods to appreciate the beauty of London. Whether you are staying in one of the budget accommodations in the city or you opted to pamper yourself and reserve a room in one of the luxurious lodgings in the city such as Holiday Inn London – Mayfair, a walking tour would surely be an awesome idea. There are organized tours which are completely free of charge but you can also opt to enjoy the sights on your own. Here are some routes that might interest you:
Capital Ring. This 126 kilometre route will allow you to explore several landmarks which are quite popular in London. You can even pass through a lot of charming green spaces and parks. The starting point for this walk is the Woolwich foot tunnel which is near Thames Barrier. Along the way, you will pass Eltham followed by Beckenham and Tooting until you stumble on the popular windmills and Wimbledon. The walk will then lead you towards the deer park in Richmond and bring you to Kew’s famous garden. Later, you’ll be at the Grand Union Canal on the way to Harrow. You will then turn east to Brent Reservoir, Hampstead and then to Finsbury Park followed by the Lee Valley Park until you are back to the Woolwich foot tunnel.
Cotswold Water Park. This 16 kilometre route has a lot of cool stops and you can take the path that allows you to explore the 150 lakes in the park. There is much room for adventures in the park as the runs along National Cycle Network route 45 as well as the Thames Park National Trail and there are bike hires should you feel like riding a 2-wheel conveyance. Among the best attraction of the park is the wildlife. Be sure to lookout for beavers, otters and water voles.
Three Commons. This path will take you on an 8 kilometre circular walk in Bromley that passes through the following commons: Hayes, Keston and West Wickham. The best access points for this walk are the car park which is near Baston Manor and the Hayes railway station. The highlights of your walk include Baston Manor, the Keston Ponds and the Ravensbourne waterfall.
Dickens Walk. This path is quite short and you can complete it in around an hour. This walk will take you along the sights which were part of the life of Charles Dickens. The path starts at the London Bridge and it ends at the St Saviour’s Dock. It features the Southwark streets were quite cruel for the young Dickens. White Hart Inn and Lant Street is along the path and you can also drop by the Cuming Museum in Walworth Road if you need some guidance on how to go about your walk.
Kensington Walk. Located at the western part of Central London, you will find Kensington which coincidentally happens to be a popular area to rent rooms during a trip to the city. The walk along the area is a bit short but it can occupy a lot of your time due to the interesting stops. You can start at Kensington Gardens, one of the biggest royal parks in the city. After a stop at Kensington Palace, you can proceed to South Kensington Museums and Albert Hall. Admission to the museums are free and don’t miss the Albert memorial. Your final stop is Knightsbridge, an upmarket shopping where you can find Harrods.
London has its fair share of interesting spots and if you are up for a walking tour outside of the usual city route, these suggestions would definitely be worth considering.