Area: London (East)

Category Hackney
Size (acreage)31
Type of Website
Overview

'Abney Park in Stoke Newington, one of the "magnificent seven" garden cemeteries of London, is a woodland memorial park and Local Nature Reserve, managed by the Abney Park Trust. We offer free public access throughout the year so everyone can come and enjoy this oasis of peace and greenery with a fascinating history.'

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Abney Park Trust

Type of Walk
Overview

Member of the Wellbeing Walks - London (East) Grouping

Category Lewisham
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

Member of the Ramblers - Inner London Area Grouping

Category Newham
Size (acreage)200
Type of Website
Overview

'A 200 acre site full of natural beauty. With more than 3500 trees, 32 acres of memorial landscaped gardens, a woodland area, water features, ponds, and a nature area the cemetery is home to a wide variety of birds, insects and animals. After passing through the striking gated entrance the stunning landscaped and beautifully maintained cemetery unfolds before you. All of our roadways and pathways are easily accessible and make for a very pleasant stroll through an oasis in the heart of East London.'

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City of London Corporation

Category Bexley
Type of Website
Overview

'A small oasis within an industrialised urban environment, providing a unique opportunity to escape city life and enjoy one of the last remaining areas of grazing marsh within the Greater London area ... The nature reserve is accessed via a number of public footpaths from Eastern Way (A2016), Norman Road and Belvedere Road, as well as the Thames Pathway which runs north across the Reserve.' ALERT Website Links changed.

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Thames Water

Category Greenwich
Size (acreage)19
Type of Website
Overview

'Explore 19 acres of beautiful gardens with new interpretation throughout ...'

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English Heritage

Category Redbridge
Type of Website
Overview

'Accessible pathways for all to enjoy a walk through the country park year round as well as a network of natural routes allowing you to get closer to the wildlife.'

Category Hackney
Type of Website
Overview

'With its beautiful parks and open spaces, Hackney is a great place to walk ... '

Category Hackney
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

Member of the U3A - London (East) Grouping

Category Havering
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

Member of the Ramblers - Essex Area Grouping

Category Lewisham
Type of Walk
Overview

Member of the Wellbeing Walks - London (East) Grouping

Category Greenwich
Type of Walk
Overview

Member of the Wellbeing Walks - London (East) Grouping

Type of Website
Overview

'Discover and explore the hidden green treasures of Barking and Dagenham in a variety of peaceful parks and nature reserves.'

Category Havering
Type of Website
Overview

Access to PDFs of six Heritage Walks: Gidea Park; Harold Hill; Havering-atte-Bower; Hornchurch; Rainham; Romford. ALERT The PDFs no longer were found to be accessible via the Borough Website. However, a string search of "Havering Walks' on one of the generic Search Engines provided Links at the time of Review.

Category Lewisham
Type of Website
Overview

'You are not alone if you include walking as one of your hobbies - it’s the most popular outdoor recreational activity in Britain ... There are lots of opportunities to get out for a walk in Lewisham.'

Category Redbridge
Type of Website
Overview

Your guide to walking in Redbridge  'The Walk Redbridge brochure is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to start leisure walking. It gives bus routes to the walks' starting points and grades each walk depending on the type of terrain.'

Category Bexley
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

Member of the Ramblers - Kent Area Grouping

Category Newham
Type of Walk
Overview

Member of the Wellbeing Walks - London (East) Grouping

Category Redbridge
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

Member of the U3A - London (East) Grouping

Category Redbridge
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

Member of the Ramblers - Essex Area Grouping

Category Redbridge
Type of Walk
Overview

Member of the Wellbeing Walks - London (East) Grouping

Category Greenwich
Type of Website
Overview

Greenwich Parks, Gardens and Open Spaces and related activities.

Category Bexley
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

Member of the U3A - London (East) Grouping

Category Havering
Type of Website
Overview

'18 months ago a small team of volunteers were set up to promote walking throughout the Thames Chase Community Forest. Professionally produced walking guides were created and are available to download or pick up from the Thames Chase Visitor Centre. The guides include a sketch map, step-by-step walking guides and notes on the history and ecology of the walking area.'

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The Thames Chase Trust

Category Tower Hamlets
Size (acreage)31
Type of Website
Overview

'Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, a Local Nature Reserve is a unique site in London's Zone 2 and well worth a visit. As a closed cemetery and one of the Victorian "Magnificent Seven" it contains a wealth of beautiful, ornately carved monuments in sandstone, granite, and even Italian white marble with fascinating stories of the lives of those interred.'

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Tower Hamlets Council

Category Tower Hamlets
Type of Website
Overview

'There are a range of walks available in Tower Hamlets, from shorter health walks to cultural walks and guided walks. Each leaflet traces routes through historic parts of the borough, taking in a myriad of buildings and landmarks of interest on the way.'

See also

Walk East

Category Tower Hamlets
Type of Walk
Overview

Member of the Wellbeing Walks - London (East) Grouping

Category Tower Hamlets
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

Member of the U3A - London (East) Grouping

Category Waltham Forest
Type of Website
Overview

Member of the U3A - London (East) Grouping

Category Waltham Forest
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

Member of the Ramblers - Essex Area Grouping

Category Newham
Size (acreage)77
Type of Website
Overview

'West Ham Park, the largest park in the London Borough of Newham, has been owned and maintained by the City of London Corporation since 1874 and is a Registered Charity ...'

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City of London Corporation

Category Greenwich
Distance (miles)3
Type of Walk
Overview

'A walk through Greenwich Park from the Blackheath Gate on Charlton Way (53 bus) to the Park Row Gate (adjacent National Maritime Museum). The meridian is marked in a number of places.'

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Janet Digby London Footprints

See also

Map of Greenwich Park [The Royal  Parks]

Distance (miles)8
Overview

'At first glance, this area of East London may not seem a worthy venue for a walk, but our route takes in no less than six parks. Inevitably, some walking along streets is involved, but these are pleasant enough, and there is a bonus by way of a medieval manor house, which still has its moat. The lakes in the parks attract large numbers of Canada Geese.'

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Mike Biggs Inner London Ramblers

Category Bexley
Type of Website
Overview

'Bexley's Rights of Way Improvement Plan, the Rights of Way definitive maps for both North and South of the Borough and the Definitive statement for the Rights of Way within the borough are available as PDF's ...'

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London Borough of Bexley

Category Greenwich
Distance (miles)6
Overview

'This walk starts at Blackheath National Rail Station and ends at North Greenwich Underground Station, visiting Blackheath, Greenwich, the Thames Path and the Millennium Dome. It is an easy walk of 5.8 miles (9.3 kilometres), with some moderate hills in Greenwich Park. The walk can be extended back to Blackheath by following the North Greenwich to Blackheath Walk, which starts at the Millennium Dome (O2) and continues through Charlton, Woolwich Common and Kidbrooke, making a complete circuit of 14½ miles (23½ km).'

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Mike Biggs  Inner London Ramblers

Category Greenwich
Distance (miles)78
Overview

'This engaging walk offers a chance to savour some of the capital’s most glorious scenery. 15 easily walked sections ... magically retained within London’s suburbs ... leave you free to enjoy it all at your own pace.'

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Transport for London

Category Bexley
Distance (miles)10
Type of Walk
Overview

'Path following the River Cray to the Thames from Foots Cray Meadows in the south to Erith in the north.' ALERT Could not find this PDF referenced on the re-designed Bexley Website; so I have changed the Link to Yumpu.

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London Borough of Bexley Council

Overview

'This green corridor, known as the Dagenham Corridor, runs from Hainault to the River Thames and includes the Eastbrookend Country Park, the Chase Local Nature Reserve and the Beam Valley Country Park.'

Category Bexley
Distance (miles)19
Overview

'The beauty of the Darent Valley has inspired generations of artists and writers eager to capture the essence of this classic English countryside with its rolling hills, luxuriant meadows and picturesque riverside villages.'

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Explore Kent

Category 1: 11-25 Miles
Distance (miles)15
Type of Walk
Overview

'EVERYONE is invited to join the Friends and West Essex Ramblers on our annual walk through Epping Forest from South to North based on the Centenary walk established in 1978 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Epping Forest Act.'  Held Mid September.

See also

Epping Forest Centenary Walk [WalksAndWalking] | Epping Forest Centenary Walk [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]

Category Greenwich
Distance (miles)50
Overview

'A necklace of gems - sapphire rivers, emerald parks and fields with silver leaved woodlands on the crests of hills.'

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Transport for London

Category Newham
Distance (miles)110
Overview

'A different way of looking at London: a walking route of over 110 miles encircling London - and divided into 18 separate and easily manageable sections.'

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Bob Gilbert

Category Greenwich
Distance (miles)3
Type of Walk
Overview

'Greenwich is home to the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory, the Royal Naval College and the historic Queen's House, as well as offering many other unique attractions and highlights.'

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London for free

Category Hackney
Type of Walk
Overview

'The Hackney Society works to preserve Hackney's unique heritage and make the area a better place in which to live and work. The Society was formed in 1967 to involve and support local people in the conservation and regeneration of Hackney's built environment and public spaces.'

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The Hackney Society

Category Havering
Distance (miles)10
Type of Walk
Overview

'The woods in these country parks on the outskirts of London are all former hunting grounds providing venison for the kinsg's table. At Bedfords Park this is commemorated with a deer park holding a herd of red deer, managed by the London Borough of Havering, and in all the woods there are fallow and muntjac deer living wild.'

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Woodland Trust

See also

ALERT Website Link needed to be changed. See also: The best woodland walks in London.

Category Waltham Forest
Type of Walk
Overview

Download from the Website PDFs of six walks, two from the Society's 'History Walks' series, four from their 'Wanstead Flats History Walks'.

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Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society

Category Tower Hamlets
Distance (miles)2
Type of Walk
Overview

'The Limehouse Cut was the first navigable canal to be dug in London and provides a pleasant and interesting green walk between Limehouse Basin in the west and the River Lea to the east ... The walk is about 2.5 kilometres in length to the Lea Navigation at Bow Locks and 3 kilometres in length to Three Mills.'

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Hugo Marchant

Category Bexley
Distance (miles)152
Type of Walk
Overview

'Walking the London Outer Orbital Path (the LOOP for short) is a great way to get to know London better. At nearly 152 miles (245 km), some like to think of it as the "M25 for walkers" — but it’s a world away from the motorway and has been thoughtfully divided into 24 well marked, bite-sized stages. Weaving around the capital the LOOP is mainly on flat or gentle sloping surfaces with only some sections requiring a bit more puff!'

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Transport for London

See also

London Loop [Mark Moxon]

Category Newham
Type of Walk
Overview

'John Goodier takes a walk in some of the open space of Newham'

Distance (miles)23
Overview

'The Pilgrimage Route is open to all and makes a very pleasant and energetic day out! It utilizes the Greenway through Newham, joins the Limehouse Cut to the yachting basin, takes the Regents Canal to Victoria Park and then follows the Lee Canal past the Olympic site and on to Waltham Abbey ... As this ride is mostly on off road paths and tracks it is also suitable for walkers.' ALERT The description of this Route is no longer accessible via the Sustrans Website.

Category Newham
Overview

'Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park offers a landscape full of opportunities to discover something new. Wander at your own pace, follow a trail taking in some of the most inspirational sights, or take part in a guided tour: the choice is yours.'

Category Bexley
Distance (miles)5
Type of Walk
Overview

'Signposted walk along the River Shuttle, a small tributary of the River Cray, which it joins at Hall Place near Bexley. The walk then joins the Cray Riverway, which follows the Cray through to the Darent at Crayford Marshes and through the marshes to the Thames.' ALERT I could no longer find the description of this Walk on the re-engineered Bexley Council Website; so I have cited the description from Annierak instead.

Category Hackney
Overview

'A series of six self-guided walks through Hackney's Parks and Open Spaces. The walks are along tarmac and grass paths, mainly flat and easy walking. The leaflets provide information about steps and alternative routes ... These leaflets were reprinted in 2010 under funding from NHS Hackney Community Chest.'

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Sustainable Hackney

Category Bexley
Distance (miles)10
Type of Walk
Overview

'This walk follows the Thames Path extension east. Although not officially a part of the Thames Path National Trail it is an obvious extension of the route. The walk follows the south bank of the river from the Thames flood barrier at Woolwich east past the famous Woolwich Arsenal and the Firepower museum. Continuing east you pass the apartments of Thamesmead. East from here the river passes through a far more industrial landscape and the path passes right through the middle of it. You emerge into Erith and onwards through the marshes of Crayford to end at Crayford Ness.'

See also

Thames Path Extension [Rambling Man]

Category Newham
Distance (miles)3
Type of Walk
Overview

'The Line is London's first dedicated modern and contemporary art walk. The project opened to the public in May 2015. The route runs between the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2, following the waterways and the line of the Meridian. The project was set up by art dealer Megan Piper and the late urban regeneration expert Clive Dutton OBE. Their ambition was to establish an outdoor exhibition space that encourages locals, Londoners and visitors to the capital to engage with modern and contemporary art, whilst also discovering this lesser-known part of the city, its wildlife and heritage.'

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The Line

Category Havering
Distance (miles)10
Overview

'Around the fringes of Upminster and Cranham.'

'A book – Walk Wild Essex – is available that includes all the walks on this website, together with illustrated maps, photos and notes on wildlife to look out for ... You can also get Walk Wild Essex apps for iPhone or iPad from the iTunes store.'

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Wild Essex

Category Tower Hamlets
Distance (miles)2
Overview

'Will take you on a historical tour around Victoria Park, where you can listen to memories from local park users and learn about the park's past and how it's changed over nearly 170 years – from the beautiful Burdett-Coutts drinking fountain donated by one of the richest women in the country, to the ever watchful Dogs of Alcibiades statues, mysteriously said to rescue canal users in trouble!'

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Tower Hamlets Council

Category Hackney
Type of Walk
Overview

'Walk Hackney specialises in telling you the story of Hackney, through a series of scheduled walks around different parts of Hackney.'

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Sean Gubbins

Category Waltham Forest
Overview

'We're developing a series of walking and cycling trails to get you exploring Waltham Forest, taking in the sites and learning about the range of celebrities and influential people who have helped make the borough what it is today.'

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Enjoy Waltham Forest

Category Waltham Forest
Type of Walk
Overview

'Europe’s largest urban wetlands spans ten distinct drinking water reservoirs. It's home to an abundance of native British birdlife, from elusive kingfishers and majestic raptors to the great crested grebe and tufted duck. Take a magical walk spanning up to 211 hectares, with views to inspire and refresh ... Walks here are full of life, with invertebrates, mammals and amphibians sharing the wetlands and marshes with the birds they’re famous for. Walthamstow Wetlands is considered a Site of Special Scientific Interest, meaning it’s a valuable area for conservation, sheltering rare plants and animals.'

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Thames Water

Category Lewisham
Distance (miles)8
Type of Walk
Overview

'Walking and cycling route from Sydenham to the Thames. It follows the rivers Pool and Ravensbourne through many parks and green spaces ... It also links the borough’s three main town centres – Catford, Lewisham and Deptford.'

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Lewisham Council

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