If you’re a keen walker, you may already be missing the warm, relaxing strolls you’d take along golden stretches of beach back in Australia. While England certainly isn’t known for its tropical coastlines, it is renowned for its beautiful parks and invigorating city walks. If you’ve recently emigrated to the urban jungle that is London, here are three trails that you have to take.
The Thames Path
This easy trail provides level walking along the main artery that runs through the vibrant capital city. It stretches a total of 40 miles and there are plenty of iconic sites to see along the way; if you’ve just moved to London, it’s a great introduction to the city. The route from Putney to Tower Bridge is a favourite of tourists and new residents. It will lead you through some of the most recognised structures the city has to offer.
You can walk on either side of the river and there are over 16 bridges that split up this part of the trail. Start your journey in Wadsworth and continue down the river until you reach Battersea Park. Once you’ve made your way through this green space, you’ll be greeted by the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, and, further down, Tower Bridge.
National Trail splits the Thames Path into 15 separate sections. You can get more information these routes by visiting their website.
The Thames Path is easily connect to this all-inclusive landmark trail. The Jubilee Walkway was opened to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and it connects the rest of the city’s famous sights together. It’s a manageable 15 miles that leads from Buckingham Palace to St Paul’s Cathedral. You’ll also have the opportunity to delve into a bit of London’s history as you pass the ominous city fortress, the Tower of London.
The colder temperatures and overcast weather conditions in the winter are a difficult adjustment every Aussie has to deal with. As you make your way around the city, make sure that you’re suitably wrapped up — sandals and shorts won’t cut it anymore! Pick up a pair of walking boots to help avoid the risk of blisters (Brantano has a decent stock if you’re stuck).
For more details, check out Transport for London’s information about the walk.
Highlights of this lush park include calm ponds, kite-flying on Parliament Hill and the welcoming Holly Bush pub. The routes takes you through varied terrain including rugged heathland, sweeping fields and flat city grounds.
The heath occupies 800 acres of open space and is one of the highest areas of the city. There are a lot of potential routes to take, but we recommend this one published by Inner London Ramblers. You’ll get the chance to take in the stunning city views from Parliament Hill and see the remodelled Kenwood House.
Hampstead Heath is a great destination if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the inner-city and soak up breath-taking sights of your new home.
For more info, check out the special section on the City of London website.