Area: London (South)

! Bromley KEY
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The Category Bromley is a subset of London (South).

 

The following Bromley Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Beckenham U3A

- Bromley U3A

- Orpington U3A

! Croydon KEY
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The Category Croydon is a subset of London (South).

 

The following Croydon Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Croydon U3A

- Walking for Health - Croydon

! Merton KEY
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The Category Merton is a subset of London (South).

 

The following Merton Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Merton U3A

- Walking for Health - Merton

! Richmond upon Thames KEY
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The Category Richmond upon Thames is a subset of London (South).

 

The following Richmond upon Thames Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Richmond upon Thames U3A

! Sutton KEY
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The Category Sutton is a subset of London (South).

! Wandsworth KEY
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The Category Wandsworth is a subset of London (South).

 

The following Wandsworth Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Walking for Health - Wandsworth

- Wandsworth U3A

*Battersea Park
Size (acreage)200
Overview

'Battersea Park is a large (83 hectares/200 acres) Victorian park, built between 1854 and 1870. It was formally opened in 1858. A major programme of work has recently been completed to restore and refurbish many of the Victorian and Festival of Britain elements of the park. There is much to enjoy in this Green Flag Award winning park including ... a grand one-kilometre riverside promenade.'

Description from

Friends of Battersea Park

*Clapham Common
Overview

'One of London's largest open spaces, measuring 87 hectares, situated between Clapham, Battersea and Balham.'

Description from

Friends of Clapham Common

*Croydon HF Rambling Club
Overview

Aims are 'to get people out into the surrounding countryside, to visit places of interest and to meet up with like-minded people. It is not just a Club for those who want to walk, but also caters for those who wish to visit some of the many interesting places there are in and around the area, including London and further afield'.

*Croydon Outdoor Pursuits & Social Events Club
Overview

'Walking and cycling form the core of the outdoor programme, although Club Members often organise other exciting one day, weekend or full week holidays, involving activities like caving, canoeing, climbing, skiing and windsurfing. We attempt to put something back into the community by arranging conservation projects, a "wheelchair ramble" and support for the charity "Shelterbox".'

*Croydon Ramblers
Overview

'Croydon Ramblers was founded in 1950, the first of Ramblers' local groups, and we are also one of the largest local groups in Surrey. Our main activity is our extensive walking programme of about thirty walks a month. We have walks on most days of the week and sometimes there is a choice to cater for Ramblers' abilities and experience.'

*Hampton Court Palace Gardens
Size (acreage)750
Overview

'Hampton Court Palace’s world-famous gardens include 60 acres of spectacular formal gardens and 750 acres (304 hectares) of parkland, all set within a loop of the River Thames.'

*Kenley Common
Size (acreage)139
Overview

'Kenley Common is a 56 hectare (139 acre) public open space located in the London Borough of Croydon. It forms part of a larger area of open countryside, within the London Green belt, that links London with the wider countryside of Surrey.'

Description from

City of London Corporation

*Kingston Council
Overview

Parks, Sports & Leisure. ALERT The PDF downloads originally cited here could no longer be accessed on the Council Website, at Review.

*Kingston Ramblers
Overview

'Kingston Ramblers lead walks in Surrey and the surrounding counties. The rambles take place on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays. The walks are for a range of abilities and vary from 5 to 12+ miles. Saturday and Wednesday walks are by public transport. Sunday walks are by car sharing from Surbiton Clock Tower (SCT). Sunday walks tend to be longer and the pace is sometimes faster.'

*London Borough of Bromley
Overview

'Explore Bromley's countryside and the network of walking routes, with over 120 miles of public rights of way. You can enjoy over 30 square miles of Green Belt countryside and over 2,900 acres of council-owned parks and open space.'

*London Wetland Centre
Overview

'London Wetland Centre is an idyllic spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the City for a walk or to indulge in an afternoon of bird watching from one of our six hides. The reserve is easily accessible with pathways and bridges among the pools, meadows and gardens ...'

*Merton Nature Reserves
Overview

'We have declared a number of sites in Merton as local nature reserves (LNRs). We work with English Nature to select sites, and tend to focus on land recognised as being of importance for nature conservation interest, with open access for the public and either existing or potential value for environmental education.'

Description from

Merton Council

*Mitcham Common
Overview

Four 'Suggested Walks' around the Common. Within the Map 'click on the place names to find out more about each area'.

Description from

Mitcham Common Conservators

*Morden Hall Park
Overview

'Rain or shine the Park always looks inviting and magical especially if you can get here early in the morning before everyone else does. Explore the park to discover the many views of the old buildings that were part of the Hatfeild family's country estate. Many of the buildings are not open to the public as they are tenanted to raise valuable income for the park.'

Description from

National Trust

*North Kingston Hillwalking Club
Overview

'Our aim is to provide members the opportunity to experience the joys of hill walking in the beautiful British Countryside over a weekend at least once a month. In addition, we also try to do at least one nearby day walk once a month on either Saturday or Sunday.'

*Oaks Park
Size (acreage)83
Overview

'Oaks Park is a mixture of landscapes, including formal horticulture, natural chalk meadows, woodlands and informal parkland. It is much loved by both dog and recreational walkers ... Sutton Countryside Walk and Oaks Park Nature Trail are based in the park.  Section 6 of the London Loop passes through the park.'

*Putney Vale Cemetery and Crematorium
Size (acreage)47
Overview

'Stands on a beautiful site, surrounded by Wimbledon Common, covering 47 acres. Established in 1891 and as a crematorium in 1938 it has two service chapels and an extensive Garden of Remembrance.'

Description from

Parks&Gardens

See also

Putney Vale Cemetery [The Victorian Web] | Putney Vale Cemetery [Wikipedia]

*Richmond Park
Overview

'Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit Richmond Park, the largest of the capital's eight Royal Parks and the biggest enclosed space in London ...'

Description from

The Royal Parks

*Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Overview

'Come to Kew and explore the world's most famous botanic garden. Just 30 minutes from central London, Kew Gardens boasts breathtaking landscapes, iconic glasshouses, historic buildings and a vast range of rare and beautiful plants.'

*South Norwood Country Park
Overview

'Large man-made lake with adjacent fields, meadows and trees.'

*Sutton & Wandle Valley Ramblers
Overview

'Currently has around 530 members. The group covers the London Borough of Sutton, a large part of the London Borough of Merton and the village of Banstead, and is one of fifteen groups in the Surrey Area of the Ramblers' Association.'

*Tooting Commons
Size (acreage)240
Overview

'With 92 hectares (221 acres), Tooting Common is the largest of our open spaces. The common is managed with the aim of keeping much of its natural character ... Tooting Bec Common and Tooting Graveney Common, together with Streatham Green are the remains of common land that once stretched as far as Mitcham. An avenue of trees marks the former boundary line between the two commons, now to all intents and purposes one.'

Description from

Wandsworth Council

*Wandsworth Common
Size (acreage)175
Overview

'Wandsworth Common has many features similar to Tooting Common, including strong involvement from local users. Its 73 hectares (175 acres) contain ecological and ornamental areas, sports pitches, tennis and bowling, a lake (fishing in season, membership required), trim trail and children's playground.'

Description from

Wandsworth Council

*Wimbledon and Putney Commons
Size (acreage)1140
Overview

'Wimbledon Common is a large open space in Wimbledon, south-west London, totalling 460 hectares (1,140 acres). There are three named areas: Wimbledon Common, Putney Heath, and Putney Lower Common, which together are managed under the name Wimbledon and Putney Commons. Putney Lower Common is separated from the rest of the Common by about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) of built-up area of southwest Putney.'

Barnes Trail
Distance (miles)5
Overview

 'The 2.3 mile Trail, and the 3 mile Extension, have been designed to show Barnes at its best. The route is circular, so it doesn't matter where you start – just follow the silver "Barnes Trail" discs set in the ground.'

Description from

Barnes Community Association

Beck Corridor Trail
Distance (miles)4
Overview

A "green corridor", nicknamed "The Beck Corridor", was chosen as part of the SUN Project to encourage thought about the value of the area for biodiversity as well as involve local people in doing their bit for wildlife or in enjoying the area. The "corridor" runs from Beckenham Place Park to Spring Park and includes green spaces such as Kelsey Park, Cator Park, Harvington Estate and High Broom Wood, all falling within a stone's throw of "The Beck" river.' ALERT The Links originally used here all seem to have disappeared - so I have cited instead a description of the Trail from Walk around London albeit dated June 2012 ...

Description from

Bromley Biodiversity Partnership | Walk around London

See also

SUN ('Sustainable Urban Planning Networks for Green Spaces') Project

Beverley Brook Walk
Distance (miles)7
Overview

'Closely following the Beverley Brook through Wimbledon Common, Richmond Park and Barnes Common to the River Thames upstream of Putney. The walk goes through some of South London's most varied and beautiful countryside.'

Description from

Merton Council

Bushy Park Heritage Audio Trails
Overview

'There are five Bushy Park Heritage Trails. These are self-guided walks with maps, stopping points, images and audio guides.' ALERT Unfortunately, I could no longer find the Audio Guides on the Bushy Park Website.

Description from

The Royal Parks

Cheam Heritage Walk
Distance (miles)3
Overview

'If you are planning a visit to Whitehall why not include a walk around Cheam village and look at some of the other historic buildings on this Heritage Walk? ... The walk takes approximately one hour ... A more detailed guide to the Cheam Heritage Walk is available from Whitehall.'

Description from

The Friends of Whitehall

Chessington Countryside Walk
Distance (miles)5
Overview

'Circular route through the countryside south of Chessington. The route passes through Horton Country Park, Epsom Common and over the top of Winey Hill. The leaflet includes a map of the route and information about features encountered along the way. The route is waymarked with a distinctive logo.'

Description from

AllTrails

Coulsdon Commons Walk
Distance (miles)7
Overview

'If the Corporation of the City of London hadn’t bought the "Coulsdon Commons’"– Riddlesdown and its neighbouring "wastes" of Kenley Common, Coulsdon Common and Farthing Downs – for £7,000 in 1883 (nearly £1 million today), there’s little doubt what would have happened. All four high green open spaces would have been gobbled up in London’s inexorable southward expansion. As it was, the City of London dedicated the 350 acres of Coulsdon Commons, "fine, open, breezy downs, already largely used for purposes of recreation by the public, and now for all time secured for those purposes".'

Croydon Guided Walks
Overview

'There are over 80 guided walks and events on offer throughout the year to help you discover and enjoy Croydon's parks and open spaces.'

Description from

London Borough of Croydon

Deer Park, Botanical Gardens and Riverside Walk
Distance (miles)11
Overview

''A parkland and riverside walk through history, easily accessed by Underground, bus or car, this circular walk is a huge adventure.'

Description from

Fancy Free Walks

Environment Bromley (EnBro) Guided Walks
Overview

'The Public over the age of 18 years are invited to join the EnBro volunteer lead walks ... There is no charge - simply turn up at the designated starting point and enjoy the walk ... The Walks Programme contains a wide variety of walks from gentle strolls to the more strenuous walks whereby leaders aim to complete a 5 mile walk within approximately 2 hours.'

Description from

EnBro Environment Bromley

Exploring in Darwin's Footsteps
Overview

'Darwin's Landscape Laboratory is the house, gardens and countryside near London where Darwin lived and worked for the forty years of his scientific maturity including his work on The Origin of Species ... The South Downs which inspired Charles Darwin continue to excite community groups to explore nature today. More than 250 volunteers, including young people, were trained to observe and record the natural habitat of the area. Walks, talks and leaflets enabled the general public to find out about the biodiversity of the area ...'

Description from

London Borough of Bromley

See also

Charles Darwin Audio Trails [Bromley Council | Audio Trails]

Ham House from Kingston Walk
Distance (miles)8
Overview

'Leave your car at home and discover this tranquil walk, linking Ham House and Garden with Kingston Station. The circular route, which is on London's doorstep, begins at the station. It leads you along the rural Thames Path and through the verdant Richmond Park.'

Description from

National Trust

See also

Ham House Richmond [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]

Historic Kingston Guided Walks
Overview

'Guided walks of historic Kingston by The Kingston Tour Guides.'

'The Tour Guides are part funded by The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames.'

JTrails - Richmond and South West London
Overview

'While many would not immediately associate Richmond and its surrounds with a significant or even rich Jewish history it is replete with Jewish associations going back to the late 17th century ...'

Kingston Trails
Overview

'Kingston is a beautiful place to live, work and visit, but often its natural and historical wealth is overshadowed by its reputation as the shopping hub of South West London. We wanted to encourage residents and visitors to look at Kingston afresh and tap into the fascinating history, flora and fauna the Royal Borough has to offer, and so Kingston Trails was born.'

Description from

History @ Kingston

London Green Belt Way
Distance (miles)222
Overview

'The path has been developed over the last 16 years and in conjunction with a long distance charity run called the Green Belt Relay organised by Stragglers Running Club from Kingston-upon-Thames.' Relay usually held Mid May.

Description from

Sean Davis

London Parks Way
Distance (miles)62
Overview

'Walking route through London beginning at Kingston station and finishing at the Cutty Sark at Greenwich. This London Parks Way passes through the Royal Parks of Bushy Park, Richmond Park, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Regents Park, St James Park, and Greenwich Park as well as Hampton Court Park, Holland Park, Victoria Park and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The approximate distance is 65 miles It is split into 6 sections each of which is a self-contained walk that can be reached by train.'  ALERT Unfortunately, the Website described here was no longer accessible at Review: see the Note in the Blog from the originator, cited here instead,

Description from

Rob Myers

Lubbocks Landscape at High Elms Walk
Distance (miles)4
Overview

'Discover the former Lubbock Estate and understand how they shaped it over time.'

Description from

London Borough of Bromley

Mitcham Cricket Green Audio Trail
Distance (miles)2
Overview

'Download the trail and use it as you take a guided walk to learn more about the history and heritage of Cricket Green. The audio trail includes recordings of local people who help bring the area to life.'

Outside Croydon: Walks
Overview

'Walker Dunelm is Inside Croydon‘s non-resident rambler who has devised, and walked, a series of countryside ambles in and around the local area. To help you plan your local rambles, we have collated ... links to each of the walk articles.'

Putney Sculpture Trail
Overview

'Features a total of nine near life-sized figurative sculptures and is believed to be unique to London. It was installed in the summer of 2008, but began life much earlier. Some 20 years before nationally recognised sculptor Alan Thornhill donated the sculpture "Load" to the people of Putney which was installed close to Putney Bridge ...'

Description from

Wandsworth Council

Thames Down Link Walk
Distance (miles)15
Overview

'Follow all, or part, of this fifteen mile walking route linking the Thames Path National Trail in Kingston to the North Downs Way National Trail near Westhumble; hence the name, Thames Down Link.'

Description from

Surrey County Council

See also

Thames Down Link [Rambling Man]

The Nelson Trail [Merton]
Distance (miles)3
Overview

'While most visitors to London see Nelson atop his column, a small journey outside central London to the Borough of Merton can provide a more meaningful glimpse into Nelson's life. Here there are a number of locations associated with Admiral Horatio Nelson – including churches, parks and other buildings – including the site of Merton Place – the only home he ever owned – though sadly it is now gone ...'

Description from

Merton Council

Town Trails: Ten Guided Walks in Wimbledon, Merton Park, Morden and Mitcham
Overview

'The Wimbledon Society Museum Press has had the bright idea of reviving the old Town Trail leaflets. They have, on behalf of that Society and our own, republished them as a single pocket-sized, spiral-bound booklet. And they have added a new one – the Bishop Gilpin Trail ...'

Description from

Merton Historical Society

Vanguard Way
Distance (miles)66
Overview

'The Vanguard Way ... starts on the southern outskirts of Greater London and passes through the counties of Surrey, Kent and East Sussex.'

Description from

Vanguards Rambling Club

Wandle Trail
Distance (miles)14
Overview

'The route description guides walkers from south (East Croydon) to north (the River Thames), but is easy to follow in either direction. We have included estimated walking times for each section.'

Description from

Wandle Trail Partnership

See also

Wandle Trail [Rambling Man]

Wandsworth Walk
Distance (miles)7
Overview

'A walk of 4½ - 6½ miles from Clapham Junction Station including some of the Wandle Trail.'

Description from

Janet Digby London Footprints

Wimbledon to Kingston Walk
Distance (miles)9
Overview

'Wimbledon Common, Richmond Park, and the Thames Path.'

Description from

Saturday Walkers Club

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