If you didn’t do much walking in a winter wonderland in December and are keen to get outside for a stroll, you should know about TfL’s 41 free guided walks happening this weekend.
On Jan 24 and 25, TfL has organised 41 free guided walks, taking place all over the city, ranging from short jaunts to challenging treks. Each walk shows off some of London’s best bits, with experienced guides reeling off fun historical and cultural facts about landmarks, canals and parks.
It’s part of the ‘Winter Wanders’ weekend and encourages walkers of all ages and abilities to get together and explore London. There’s no need to book ahead, just turn up and join your fellow walkers on one of the routes.
Here’s some info on a few of the walks happening this weekend:
Saturday January 24
The Wandle Trail – A Walk Steeped in History at 10.30am (9.7 miles) – an historical ‘rural’ trail going through nature reserves and notable parks.
Tales from the Riverbank – Waterloo to London Bridge at 10.30am (1.5 miles) – explore the river’s crucial role in London’s development, taking in the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.
From Pirates to World Trade – The Transformation of the Thames at 1.30pm (1.5 miles) – from the around the Tower of London to the Jubilee Walkway and St Katherine’s Dock. Hear stories about world trade and pirates.
Sunday January 25
The best landscape and views in London – Charlton to Plumstead via Shooters Hill at 11.00am (6.7 miles) – enjoy views of parkland, heathland and dense woodland.
London’s Hidden Treasures – Waterloo to London Bridge at 11.30am (2 miles) – discover the secrets that lie beneath the streets and under the river as you stroll along the River Thames.
Royal Parks and Palaces – Buckingham Palace to Little Venice at 2pm (4 miles) – a fascinating walk through three royal parks that passes hidden rivers, lakes and canals.
All walks start and finish within easy reach of public transport. For more info head over to walklondon.org.uk.