Walking in London
Learn more about Walking in London
London is a large but congested city. The public transport system is well developed and world-famous but operates at capacity, can be unpleasant to use and is relatively expensive. A congestion charge is made for motorists to enter central London during busy times. For these reasons and others, walking has become increasingly popular for both recreation and as a means of transport in the capital.
 Walking routes
There are several key routes in London and Transport for London promote the use of several of them:
A circular route with 15 sections and a radius of approximately 4-8 miles (6-13 km) from Charing Cross, mostly through the inner Outer London suburbs and partly in Inner London. The route forms a complete circuit, crossing the River Thames twice and with a notional starting point of Woolwich.
A 150 mile (240 km) circular route with 24 sections mostly through the Outer London suburbs and partly in the districts of neighbouring authorities. The "M25" for walkers. The path is broken by the lack of crossing of the Thames between Purfleet and Erith.
A route through central London, originally called the Silver Jubilee Walkway, laid down in 1977 as part of the celebrations of the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II. The route takes in many of London's major attractions.
 Guided walks
Several companies provide guided walks around parts of London. These walks are aimed primarily at tourists and the guide will often be an expert in a particular area. Such walks often are around a theme, such as 'haunted London' or 'London of Jack the Ripper'.
 External links
- Transport for London walking
- Key routes
- walkit.com walking route planner
- Inner London Area of the Ramblers' Association
- Downloadable MP3 walking tours of London
- London Cross - A straight line walk across London
- London Walks