Walking in London might bring to mind slow moving crowds of tourists shuffling down Oxford Street but, in actual fact, the city contains a number of superb places to take a walk. London is, believe or not, an underrated walking gem. Hikers, take note.
OK. So walking in London probably doesn’t sound as idyllic as say hiking in the Peak District and, to be fair, you’d have a point. If you know where to look however, the capital really does have some excellent walking routes hidden amongst all of its hustle and bustle…and tourists wearing Union Jack hats.
We’re here, as always, to point you in the right direction.
1) Hampton Court To Albert Bridge
The Hampton Court to Albert Bridge walk is 23 miles long, and one of the most loved sections of the Thames Path National Trail. The Thames Path National Trail itself follows the river from its source near Kemble in Gloucestershire all the way to the Thames Barrier at Charlton. It is 184 miles long from first step to final step.
This long and winding walk will have you soaking up the Royal Palaces of Hampton and Kew, and give you the chance to enjoy an incredible view of the Thames floodplain below Richmond Hill.
It’s a well sign posted route, with plenty of spots along the way for you to drink, shop, stop, or have a meal. During the walk, you’ll see sailing clubs, marinas, colourful canal boats, picture perfect cottages and so much more. Not sure you’re up for doing it all in one day? Spread it over a weekend instead.
For more information on this particular section, or the Thames Path Nation Trail in general, pay a visit to the TFL website. If you’re after a map for the route, you’ll find that here as well.