Region: London

Category London
Type of Website
Overview

'Aims to encourage you to enjoy London’s parks, share with the world why you love your park, why parks matter to you, and get involved in your local park friends group.'

Category London
Type of Website
Overview

'Explore a whole host of lesser-known gardens and green spaces in the capital with our series of walks and cycle rides.'

Category London
Type of Website
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The 'Map shows the London Boroughs not necessarily the London U3As. In most but not all cases the two coincide. London U3As are listed on the Our U3As page'.

Description from

U3A Regions

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.'

Description from

Abney Park Trust

Category Newham
Type of Walk
Overview

'Do you enjoy getting out and about, meeting new people and improving your health and fitness?
Our friendly walking groups meet regularly to discover great walking routes within Newham and further afield. You can either join our relatively easy led walks, or be more adventurous with our ramblers.'

Description from

Newham Council

Category Haringey
Type of Website
Overview

'An 80 hectare, Green Flag Award and Green Heritage winning landscaped park in the Borough of Haringey in north London. It was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2013, and is also a Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, Grade 1.'

Description from

Friends of Alexandra Park and Wikipedia

Category London
Type of Walk
Overview

'Each month, we run lively and critical tours led by London's best architects and architectural writers. Featuring tours of rapidly transforming districts and exclusive visits to the best new buildings, the Architecture Foundation tours programme provides the expert's take on London's architecture and urbanism.'

Category Barnet
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

Member of the U3A - London (North) Grouping

Category Wandsworth
Size (acreage)200
Type of Website
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

Category Harrow
Type of Website
Overview

Bentley Prior Nature Reserve 'is open all year round and welcomes all visitors, human and wild. All types of visitors will find something to interest them here ...'

Category Lewisham
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

Member of the Ramblers - Inner London Area Grouping

Size (acreage)39
Type of Website
Overview

'In an area with few green spaces or outdoor recreational facilities, the Cemetery offers an oasis in all seasons, with paths for walkers and cyclists, and hours of diversion for historians, genealogists, naturalists and connoisseurs of memorial art and sculpture. Brompton Cemetery is managed by The Royal Parks, under contract from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and is thus Britain's only Crown Cemetery.'

Description from

The Friends of Brompton Cemetery

See also

Brompton Cemetery [The Royal Parks]

Category Islington
Size (acreage)10
Type of Website
Overview

'Bunhill Fields is a former burial ground in the London Borough of Islington, north of the City of London, now managed as a public garden by the City of London Corporation. It is about 4 hectares (9.9 acres) in extent, although historically it was much larger.'

Description from

City of London Corporation

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'At over 1000 acres, Bushy Park is the second-largest of London’s eight Royal Parks. Lying just north of Hampton Court Palace in Richmond upon Thames, Bushy is famed for its mix of waterways, gardens, and roaming herds of red and fallow deer.'

Description from

The Royal Parks

Category London (Central)
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

Member of the Ramblers - Inner London Area Grouping

Category London (Central)
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

'We are a walking group for people living in and around London who enjoy getting out and enjoying our great countryside.'

Overview

'The Historical Walk, laid out along the western side of the garden in the 1980s, has been planted to show the work of some of the best known people associated with the Garden's history, through plants introduced or first named by them.'

Category Hounslow
Type of Website
Overview

'The gardens at Chiswick House have been loved for centuries. With their combination of grand vistas and hidden pathways, architectural delights and a dazzling array of flowers, shrubs and specimen trees, they create a unique oasis in this corner of London ...'

Description from

English Heritage

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.'

Description from

City of London Corporation

Category City of London
Type of Website
Overview

'The City Corporation has a special role and wide remit that goes beyond that of an ordinary local authority ... As well as supporting and promoting the City and providing local and policing services, we provide a range of valued services that benefit wider London and the nation ... We are also responsible for protecting and preserving around 11,000 acres of green space across London and beyond including Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest and Burnham Beeches. These spaces are highly valued by their local communities for the recreational and health benefits they offer, as well as educational and voluntary opportunities.'

Category Wandsworth
Type of Website
Overview

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

Description from

Friends of Clapham Common

Category Hillingdon
Type of Website
Overview

'Walking is by far the most popular countryside recreation, and is well catered for in the Colne Valley. Facilities range from short circular walks on surfaced paths to leaflets detailing much longer countryside rambles.'

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.

Description from

Thames Water

Category Croydon
Type of Walk
Type of Website
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'.

Category Croydon
Type of Walk
Type of Website
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".'

Category Croydon
Type of Walk
Type of Website
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.'

Category London
Type of Website
Overview

'See a different side of London, discover parts new to you, and explore unexpected perspectives of well-known landmarks. Retrace the Civil War in the heart of the capital or be amazed at urban cultivation in Hackney’s residential neighbourhoods. Discover London’s green lungs or find one of the city’s many hidden rivers. Explore landscapes of power and global finance. All the walks have their surprises. '

Category Ealing
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

'We are a friendly outdoor group based in West London. Our main outdoor activity is walking although we do occassionally do other activities such as cycling and pony-trekking.'

Category Greenwich
Size (acreage)19
Type of Website
Overview

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

Description from

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 Brent
Type of Website
Overview

Fryent Country Park 'is 103 hectares of traditional countryside. This vast woodland is surrounded by suburbia, and bisected through the middle by Fryent Way. It is a beautiful open space, perfect for long, country walks. It hosts a number of delightful walking trails for all generations to enjoy, and take in the magnificent scenery. Take the kids to collect bark, play in the trees and feed the ponies'.

Category London
Overview

'Maps, tips and all the information you need to help you get around London during your visit ... Legible London is an easy-to-use signage system that presents information in a range of ways, including maps and directional information, to help people find their way. We're now working with boroughs, Business Improvement Districts and other organisations to expand the scheme further.'

Description from

Transport for London

Category Hackney
Type of Website
Overview

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

Category Wandsworth
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

Member of the Ramblers - Inner London Area Grouping

Category Camden
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

Member of the Ramblers - Inner London Area Grouping

Size (acreage)750
Type of Website
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.'

Category Brent
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

'Welcome to North-West London's best and most active outdoor group. HAWOG is one of the oldest Youth Hostelling Association (YHA) and outdoor groups in the country with a history dating back to 1936 ...'

Category Havering
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

'A friendly group of people who enjoy walking and, some say, talking. We are based in the Romford, Hornchurch, Upminster Harold wood, Rainham areas as well as Barking and Dagenham and East London.'

Category Haringey
Size (acreage)37
Type of Website
Overview

'Highgate Cemetery has some of the finest funerary architecture in the country. It is a place of peace and contemplation where a romantic profusion of trees, memorials and wildlife flourish ... Open daily except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Different opening arrangements apply to the East and West ...'

Category Haringey
Size (acreage)70
Type of Walk
Overview

'Highgate Wood is 28 hectares of ancient woodland. It is a haven for wildlife and provides numerous easily accessible and scenic woodland trails.'

Description from

City of London Corporation

Category Hillingdon
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

Member of the Ramblers - Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and West Middlesex Area Grouping

Category Barnet
Size (acreage)17
Type of Website
Overview

'This Cemetery is important for the British Reform community in particular, as many of the founders of the movement in this country, who were often refugees from Germany, are interred in the cemetery and includes many well-known and loved figures. Additionally a number of other famous Jewish personalities and celebrities are interred in the cemetery as well.'

Category Westminster
Size (acreage)350
Type of Website
Overview

'Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit Hyde Park, one of the capital's eight Royal Parks. Hyde Park covers 350 acres and is home to a number of famous landmarks including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers'€™ Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.'

Description from

The Royal Parks

Category London (Central)
Type of Website
Overview

'A hiking, mountaineering and trekking club based in London. New members are always welcome.'

Category Islington
Type of Website
Overview

'Walk Your Way to Better Health ... Walking Routes ... Walking/Wayfinding Maps ... Walking Programmes ...'

Category Islington
Type of Website
Overview

'The London Borough of Islington is short of large parks and open spaces, given its status in recent decades as a desirable place of residence. In fact, Islington has the lowest ratio of open space to built-up areas of any London Borough. The largest continuous open space in the Borough, at 11.75 hectares (29 acres), is Highbury Fields.'

Description from

Wikipedia

Category Hounslow
Type of Website
Overview

'An internationally important wetland nature reserve in West London.'  The Friends of Kempton membership scheme 'enables members to access the reserve's wildlife protected area. This protected area has two bird hides, a wader scrapes, islands, and a boardwalk providing ideal wildlife watching opportunities'.

Description from

Thames Water

Category Croydon
Size (acreage)139
Type of Website
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

Category Lambeth
Type of Website
Overview

'The Park boasts a huge variety of trees and you can discover them in a Tree Walk Leaflet. And the Nature Trail with its activity packs brings children into closer contact with – and a deeper understanding of – the natural world around them.'

Category Brent
Size (acreage)72
Type of Website
Overview

'Inspired by the cemetery of Pere-Lachaises in Paris and founded in 1833 by the Barrister George Frederick Carden. Kensal Green Cemetery comprises 72 acres of beautiful grounds including two conservation areas and adjoining a canal. The Cemetery is home to 33 species of bird and other wildlife.'

The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery 'offer a two-hour introductory tour of the cemetery every Sunday from the beginning of March to the end of October, and the first and third Sunday only in November, December, January and February'.

Description from

General Cemetery Company

Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

Member of the Ramblers - Inner London Area Grouping

Category Camden
Size (acreage)112
Type of Website
Overview

'Roam the meandering paths around Kenwood through 112 acres of glorious parkland. Set on the crest of one of the most popular open spaces in the capital, Hampstead Heath. Explore the ancient woodland, fascinating dairy, and look out for the beautiful sculptures and sham bridge.'

Description from

English Heritage

Type of Website
Overview

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

Type of Walk
Type of Website
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.'

Category London
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

'Join us for 20 mile day walks with a pub lunch in the country a train ride from London.'

[From the History of the Group] 'London Group? "After talking to several members in the London area it appears there may be scope for a London group. That does not mean walks around Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben and Waterloo Station. The idea would be to form a local group from members in the London region to walk, basically, wherever they want to. There is in fact a great deal of countryside around London, and considerably more just beyond. If anyone is interested please contact ...".

Category London (North)
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

'Come and join us for a stroll in the Lee Valley Regional Park - London's biggest open space, with country parks, nature reserves, urban green spaces and heritage sites, or enjoy one of our walks through the ancient woodlands of Epping Forest, with its old commons, heaths and 150 ponds and lakes (you could be with us when we find the "lost pond" !) ...'

Category London
Type of Website
Overview

'Legible London is an easy-to-use signage system that presents information in a range of ways, including maps and directional information, to help people find their way ... Legible London is already working successfully across London, with more than 1,300 signs - half in central London and in nearly every London borough. Our research shows that nine out of ten people were keen to see more Legible London signs introduced.'

Description from

Transport for London

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 Bromley
Type of Website
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.'

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 Hillingdon
Type of Website
Overview

'There are many great walks in the Borough including the Hillingdon Trail, nature walks and healthy guided walks.'

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 London
Type of Website
Overview

'We meet at least once a month usually for a walk of about 10 miles, enjoying the countryside within striking distance of London, or the more picturesque parts of London itself.'

Category London
Type of Website
Overview

'I write up for this site the walks I devise, lead & research and since I have been engaged in this since 1996 there are quite a number. Walks are listed by area ...'

Description from

Janet Digby

Category London
Type of Website
Overview

'London Tubewalkers are a group of people who are walking between all the stations, however instead of doing it on a line-by-line basis, they are doing it alphabetically. They are going at a very leisurely pace and you can join them on their walks.'

Type of Website
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 ...'

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