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Hiking in Britain

Walks in London

It should be scarcely necessary to mention where London is, or how imporant it is in Britain and indeed, the world. It is the capital of the United Kingdom, and it's rich history is evident everywhere you look. Greater London is formed from the old county of Middlesex, which was samped by the urban growth of London, and was fianlly subsumed during the local council reorganisation in 1965. Althouth there are many treasures to be seen in London, on a nice summer's day perhaps the best way of getting a feel for the city is to walk around it, which is surprisingly safe in most areas.

One of the things that has always amazed me about London is the amount of greenery in it, from the Royal Parks in the centre to the larger parks in the outlying areas. The Thames Path national Trail runs from west to east through the county (and indeed the centre of the city), and the North Downs Way national trail makes an appearance in the very south. There is also a loop walk, the Capital Ring, around the outlying areas of the city. Ther are also several canal walks, including the Regent's Canal in the centre of the city, the start of the Grand Union Canal from Paddington and the Lea Valley Canal in the east.



Below is a map showing all the walks that I have completed in London.

Completed walks in London

Thames Barges at St Katherines Docks.

Canary Wharf.

The Obelisk and trig point on Pole Hill.


List of walks in London

Walk No. Description Distance (miles)
1041 London Loop: Moor Park to Barnet, and then down to Finchley26.5
1040 London Loop: Hatton Cross to Moor Park21.7
1039 London Loop: Coulsdon South to Hatton Cross26.7
1034 London Loop: Orpington to Coulsdon22.3
1033 London Loop: Erith to Farnborough, and then on to Chiselhurst23.5
1032 London Loop: Rainham to Purfleet, then on to Basildon and Pitsea23.6
1031 London Loop: Loughton to Rainham23.7
1030 London Loop: High Barnet to Loughton20.7
953 Thames Path: Woolwich to Kew28.1
898 Limehouse to Hayes23.9
773 Hampton Court to Windsor20.4
770 Putney Bridge to Hampton Court20.1
758 Greenwich to Putney Bridge16.4
750 Thames Path: Putney Bridge to Charlton21.1
749 Thames Path: Shepperton to Putney23.7
706 Brentwood to Liverpool Street21.3
615 Harlow to Edmonton via Epping Forest19.4
601 A circular walk along the North Downs from Whyteleafe21.6
284 Greenwich to Stone19.0
283 Island Gardens to Greenwich16.9
282 Wennington to Island Gardens16.0
281 Stanford-le-Hope to Wennington16.9
217 Greenwich to Whyteleafe17.9
210 Rickmansworth to Stanmore via Middlesex's highest point9.2
139 West Drayton to Kings Langley16.6
123 Mile End to Dartford15.0
65 Alperton to Paddington6.4
60 Slough to Alperton16.7
52 Enfield Lock to Harlow Town12.6
51 Mile End to Enfield Lock12.7
50 Paddington to Mile End8.3

This was a total of 588.9 miles in 31 walks (an average of 18.99 miles per walk).

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