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 Greater London Walks
Route NamePicDistanceDescription
Bayhurst Wood Country Park and Ruislip Woods5 miles (8 km)Bayhurst Wood Country Park and Ruislip Woods are located in the London Borough of Hillingdon and contain numerous walking and cycling trails. Ruislip Woods covers 726 acres and became the first National Nature Reserve in an urban area of England in 1997. The site includes grassland, ponds, streams, marshland and the delightful Ruislip Lido Lake.
The site is popular with Mountain bikers as there are a number of challenging off road trails. However there are also family cycle routes such as the David Brough cycle trail which is located in Bayhurst Wood and is suitable for all abilities of rider.
Bedfont Lakes Country Park2 miles (3 km)This water-focused nature reserve, has 180 acres of rolling meadows, woodlands and lakes. Over 300 plants and 140 bird species have been recorded in the park. The park offers a wide range of activities including, walking, picnics, a trim trail, orienteering and fishing. Bedfont Lakes is located near Ashford train station.
Beeches Way16 miles (25 km)Follow the Beeches Way through the Chilterns AONB from the River Thames at Cookham to the Grand Union Canal at West Drayton.
You start off at Cookham and head east to the wooded Burnham Beeches Nature Reserve. The walk then passes through Fulmer before a lovely stretch through Black Park Country Park and Langley Park Country Park. The final stretch takes you around the lakes in Colne Valley Regional Park before finishing on the Grand Union Canal at West Drayton.
Berrys Green Circular8 miles (13 km)This pleasant circular walk passes through the woods and villages around the rural area of Berry's Green in Bromley. Highlights on the walk include the pretty village of Cudham and views of Biggin Hill Airport and Cherry Lodge Golf Club.
Beverley Brook Walk7 miles (11 km)This walk follows the Beverley Brook from the River Thames at Putney to New Malden. The trail passes through Barnes Common, Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common, exposing you to some of South London's most attractive countryside.
Walk highlights include the Beverley Meads and Fishpond Local Nature Reserve where Kingfishers and Mandarin Ducks may be seen. At Barnes you will pass near to the splendid Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre, where you can see a wide variety of wildlife including lapwings, little ringed plovers, great crested and little grebes, gadwall, mallards, pochards and tufted duck broods. There is also a section through the delightful Richmond Park where you can look out for the resident deer.
The walk is easily accessible from the train station at New Malden or from the nearby East Putney Tube or Putney train station.
Bushy Park5 miles (8 km)Bushy Park is a beautiful deer park in Hampton Wick, London. This walk takes you on a tour of the park, starting and finishing very close to Hampton Wick train station. You will pass a series of tranquil ponds before strolling along Cheshunt Avenue to the Diana Fountain. You head through the park towards the Teddington end before returning to the start point along Cobbler's walk. There are plenty of excellent photo opportunities with the many resident deer as they will often let you come quite close.
The walk is also very close to the river Thames and adjacent to the fabulous Hampton Court Palace and Gardens if you would like to continue your walk around this lovely area.
Capital Ring78 miles (126 km)This 78 mile circular walk takes you on a tour through London passing many of its most famous landmarks and through some of its most attractive parks and green areas.
The route officially starts at Woolwich foot tunnel by the Thames Barrier and first heads south passing through Eltham, Beckenham and Tooting before reaching Wimbledon with its famous common and windmill. You continue through Richmond deer park to Richmond where a pleasant stretch along the Thames takes you past the popular gardens at Kew. Soon after you join the Grand Union Canal for more pleasant waterside walking, passing Brentford and Hanwell on your way to Harrow. The route then turns east passing Brent Reservoir, Wembley Stadium, Hampstead and Finsbury Park. The final section takes you through the delightful Lee Valley Park, through Stratford and back to the Woolwich foot tunnel.
Celandine Route12 miles (19 km)Follow the River Pinn from Pinner to Cowley on this nice easy waterside walk through west London. The walk starts at Pinner tube station and follows the river through Ruislip and Hillingdon before finishing on the Grand Union Canal at Cowley.
Look out for flora and fauna on the walk including Kingfishers and Treecreepers and the Lesser Celandine flowers after which the walk is named.
Chelsfield Circular Walk7 miles (11 km)This short circular walk follows footpaths and tracks through the countryside around Chelsfield in Bromley. The walk starts at Chelsfield station and heads towards Crockenhall through farmland and woodland, before returning to Chelsfield via Goddington.
Colne Valley Trail7 miles (11 km)Follow the Colne Valley Trail from Uxbridge to Rickmansworth and enjoy riverside and canalside walking or cycling.
The trails follows the Grand Union Canal and the River Colne while also passing a series of pretty Lakes including Lynsters, Stocker's and Batchworth Lake. The trail finishes at Batchworth Lake by the car park in Rickmansworth.
Colne Valley Way11 miles (17 km)Travel through the Colne Valley on this walk from Staines to Uxbridge.
The walk starts by the River Thames in Staines and begins with a lovely section around King George VI and Wraysbury Reservoirs that takes you to Colnbrook. You continue north with a waterside section along the River Colne with views of Little Britain lake. The walk finishes at Uxbridge in the London Borough of Hillingdon.
Cray Riverway9 miles (15 km)Follow the Cray Riverway on this easy walk through Bromley.
The walk starts off in Orpington and heads north through Sidcup, Bexley and Crayford where you join the River Darent. The Darent then leads you to the final stretch alongside the River Thames, finishing near Erith.
Bexley CC have created this excellent pdf route guide
Cudham Circular Walk8 miles (13 km)This circular walk takes you through the woodland and farmland around Cudham and Downe in Bromley. The walk passes Down House the former home of Charles Darwin and his family. It was in this house and garden that Darwin worked on his theories of evolution by natural selection and it can be found close to the walk start at the village of Downe. The house is now owned by English Heritage and includes an exciting interactive multimedia tour (narrated by David Attenborough), family rooms and extensive gardens.
The walk also passes close to Biggin Hill airport and through the splendid High Elms Country Park. The park boasts 250 acres of countryside including a 150 acre golf course, woodlands, a nature centre, an ice well, formal gardens and wildflower meadows.
Darent Valley Path19 miles (31 km)Travel through the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and along the Darent River on this beautiful walk.
You start off near Sevenoaks Railway Station and head north through the delightful tranquility of the Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve. The route continues towards Otford (with its 16th century Palace) and then onto Shoreham where you'll pass Lullingstone Castle Manor House. As one of the oldest family estates in England (1497) Lullingstone Castle has an interesting history and attractive gardens making it well worth a visit.
The next section takes you on to Eynsford and Farningham where the river is particularly attractive. From there you enter the outskirts of London, passing through Dartford before finishing at Dartford flood barrier - the world's second largest movable flood barrier.
For more information on this route please click here.
Denham Country Park4 miles (7 km)Enjoy waterside walking in this delightful park in Uxbridge. The rivers Colne and Misbourne and the Grand Union Canal pass through the park. There is a variety of wildlife, including herons, kingfishers and dragonflies. You will also find the useful Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre and cafe in the park.
The route below starts and ends at the parking facility in the park but Denham rail station is less than a mile away so makes for a good access point.
Dollis Valley Green Walk11 miles (17 km)This pleasant walk takes you from Mill Hill near Edgware in North London to the edge of Hampstead Heath along the Dollis Brook. You will pass through Moat Mount Nature Reserve and Totteridge Fields Nature Reserve on this flat easy walk through North London.
Eastbrookend Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)This country park is a peaceful area located between Hornchurch and Dagenham. It has four pretty lakes and an environmentally friendly visitor centre. The park can be easily accessed from Dagenham East Station on the District Line.
Epping Forest Centenary Walk15 miles (24 km)Follow the Epping Forest Centenary Walk fom Manor Park to Epping on this pleasant 15 mile walk.
You start near Manor Park and head through the lovely Wanstead Flats Park and then on through Leyton Flats to Higham's Park. You then pass through Great Monk Wood in Epping Forest before finishing at Epping.
Fairlop Waters Country Park2 miles (3 km)This large park has sailing and angling lakes, an 18-hole golf course, a boulder park, an outdoor activity centre and a number of newly developed footpaths. The park is located close to Fairlop tube station.
Farnborough Circular Walk5 miles (8 km)This circular walk follows a series of footpaths through the countryside around Farnborough in Bromley. The walk passes the Grade I listed Holwood House and the lovely Keston Common with its peaceful ponds and variety of wildlife. There is also a pleasant woodland section through Ninehams Woods just before returning to Farnborough.
Grand Union Canal Walk145 miles (234 km)Follow the towpath of Britain's longest canal from London to Birmingham on this fabulous waterside walk. You start in West London in a lively and attractive area with canalside bars and restaurants, before heading towards the Chiltern Hills, on through rural Northamptonshire and Warwickshire and into the Birmingham suburbs. Highlights include
  • Little Venice - the start of the walk in West London with trendy bars/cafes and historical old factories and warehouses
  • Iron Trunk Aqueduct - a magnificent Georgian structure, which carries the Grand Union Canal over the River Ouse, connecting the villages of Cosgrove and Wolverton
  • Hatton Locks - located near Warwick, this flight delivers 21 locks in less than two miles
  • The Canal Museum - located at the lovely village of Stoke Bruerne the museum houses stories, films, collections and displays all about our waterways.
Green Chain Walk14 miles (22 km)The Green Chain Walk visits a number of London's prettiest parks and open spaces while also passing through some interesting urban areas.
This section of the walk begins on the River Thames at Thamesmead and passes Lesnes Abbey Park, Oxleas Wood, Avery Hill Park, Eltham Palace and Beckenham Place Park before finishing at Crystal Palace Park.
Green London Way100 miles (161 km)Explore the best and most beautiful of London's open spaces on this circular walk through the capital. The route has been split up into 18 sections as follows:

1. Stratford to North Woolwich
2. Abbey Wood and Shooters Hill
3. Woolwich to Greenwich
4. Greenwich to Forest Hill
5. Forest Hill to Crystal Palace
6. Crystal Palace to Balham
7. Balham to Wimbledon
8. Wimbledon to Richmond
9. Richmond to Kew Bridge
10. Kew Bridge to Hanwell
11. Hanwell to Greenford
12. Greenford to South Kenton
13. South Kenton to Brent Cross
14. Brent Cross to Hampstead
15. Hampstead to Finsbury Park
16. Finsbury Park to Clapton
17. Clapton to Victoria Park
18. Victoria Park to Stratford

You'll pass a series of delightful parks including Wimbledon Common, Richmond Park and Kew Gardens. There are also waterside sections along the River Thames and the River Brent to enjoy.
Green Street Green Circular7 miles (11 km)This short circular walk takes you through the woodland, parkland and countryside around Green Street Green in Bromley. The walk visits Pratts Bottom, Chelsfield and the splendid High Elms Country Park. The park boasts 250 acres of countryside including a 150 acre golf course, woodlands, a nature centre, an ice well, formal gardens and wildflower meadows.
Good access points for the walk are Chelsfield railway station or the nearby car park.
Greenwich to Cheshunt21 miles (34 km)Follow NCN route 1 on this plesant ride or walk through north London into Hertfordshire. You start by the Thames at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich and crosses to the Isle of Dogs via the Greenwich tunnel. This section gives splendid views of the River Thames and Canary Wharf.
Shortly after leaving the Thames behind you will come onto the Lee Valley path which will take you along the Regent's canal and through Tower Hamlets and Victoria Park. You then join the River Lee near Lea Bridge for some more waterside riding. The off road path then takes you past various Reservoirs until you reach the lovely Lee Valley Park - London's largest open space. After going through the park you will soon pass close to Waltham Abbey in Essex before you arrive at the finish point at Cheshunt station next to Cheshunt lake.
Hadleigh to Stratford Legacy Walk72 miles (116 km)A walk created to celebrate the 2012 Olympic games in London. It runs from Hadleigh, in Essex, to the Olympic Park in Stratford, London. The route starts near the Hadleigh Mountain Bike Centre and takes you through some of the most beautiful countryside in Essex to the White Water Centre near Waltham Abbey. From here the route heads south to Stratford and the main Olympic Stadium.
The walk visits Hanningfield Reservoir, Epping Forest, Lea Valley Park and Waltham Abbey. The walk is waymarked with a H2S disc.
Hainault Forest Country Park4 miles (7 km)This country park contains open space parklands, numerous public footpaths, a large lake, the Hainault Forest Golf Club and Fox Burrow Farm. There are 336 acres to explore with several paths suitable for cyclists so you can bring your bike and enjoy miles of traffic free cycling.
The park is located between Chigwell and Romford with Hainault underground station a good access point.
Hertfordshire Chain Walk39 miles (62 km)The Hertfordshire Chain Walk is a series of circular walks running through Hertfordshire. This route is a combination of these walks, forming a linear route which runs from Enfield in London, through Hertfordshire to Ashwell & Morden Station in Cambridgeshire.
The walk begins at Crews Hill Station in Enfield and heads towards Welwyn Garden City, passing through Whitewebbs Country Park, Derry's Wood and Wormley Wood Nature Reserve on the way. Near Welwyn you cross the River Mimram, before passing through Bramfield Woods on your way to Watton at Stone, crossing the River Beane on your way. The final section then takes you through Cottered and Kelshall before finishing at Ashwell & Morden Station.
This walk gives super views of the flat lands of Cambridgshire while also visiting a series of delightful Hertfordshire parks, woods and nature reserves.
High Elms Country Park2 miles (4 km)Enjoy the woodlands, nature centre, ice well, formal gardens and wildflower meadows in this 250 acre country park in Orpington. You'll also find the Clock House, Grade II listed building and the attractive Yew avenue (created 1896) in this varied and interesting park.
Chelsfield rail station is about a mile from the park but there are also car parks at the park.
Hillingdon Trail19 miles (30 km)Travel through North London along the Hillingdon trail and enjoy parkland, countryside and waterside walking along the Grand Union Canal.
The walk starts in Cranford Park and heads through the borough of Hillingdon passing West Ruislip and Harefield before finishing at Springwell Lock on the Grand Union Canal. There's much to enjoy on this walk including sections along the Grand Union Canal and the delightful Ruislip Lido. Here you will find a reservoir with boating and sailing and the Ruislip Lido Railway which runs about one third of the distance around the reservoir.
Please click here for more information about this walk.
Ingrebourne Valley3 miles (5 km)This is a nice easy, family cycle ride or walk through the Ingrebourne Valley near Upminster. The route includes a stretch through Hornchurch Country Park with its ponds, lakes and pleasant scenery. You will also visit Ingrebourne Hill which offers brilliant views across the Thames and a variety of wildlife. Finally, there is a lovely stretch along the Ingrebourne River to enjoy, making for a peaceful, varied easy walk or ride.
Good access points are the stations at Upminster and Rainham.
Jubilee Walkway11 miles (18 km)The capital's premier walking trail designed to connect the majority of London's key attractions, it is a well managed, ideal way of getting to know London.
Lea Valley Walk53 miles (85 km)A super walk with a series of delightful waterside sections along the River Lea. The walk runs from Leagrave, the source of the River Lea near Luton, to the Thames at Limehouse Basin, east London. You follow a riverside path for much of the way through, Luton, Hatfield, Hertford and Cheshunt with a swan emblem clearly waymarking the walk. The walk passes Nature Reserves, pretty riverside villages and also includes a section through the fantastic Lee Valley Park - London's largest open space.
London Loop149 miles (240 km)Also known as the London Outer Orbital Path, this walk takes you on a tour of the parks, woods and fields around the edge of Outer London. You start at Erith, on the River Thames and pass through Crayford, Orpington, Petts Wood, Coulsdon, Kingston upon Thames, Uxbridge, Elstree, Cockfosters, Chingford and Upminster Bridge before finishing back on the River Thames at Purfleet, opposite Erith.
The walk has been divided into 24 manageable sections as follows:
Erith
Old Bexley
Petts Wood
West Wickham Common Hamsey Green
Coulsdon South
Banstead Downs
Ewell
Kingston Bridge
Hatton Cross
Hayes
Uxbridge
Harefield
Moor Park
Hatch End
Elstree
Cockfosters
Enfield Lock
Chingford
Chigwell
Havering-atte-Bower
Harold Wood
Upminster Bridge
Rainham

The walk is waymarked with a disc featuring a kestrel
New River Path28 miles (45 km)Follow the man made New River from Hertford to Islington on this easy waterside walk. There's much to enjoy on this walk including regular views of the River Lea and riverside Nature Reserves. The walk passes through Hoddesdon, Cheshunt, Enfield and Finsbury park with urban sections towards the end of the walk.
Osterley Park3 miles (5 km)A walk around the 350 acres of parkland at Osterley House in West London.
Petts Wood Circular4 miles (6 km)A short circular walk that takes you through Petts Wood and Jubilee Country Park in Bromley. The Park consists of 62 acres of grassland and ancient woodland and was purchased by Bromley Council to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977. The park is also full of wildlife with amphibians, birds, butterflies, insects, mammals, reptiles and wild flowers to look out for.
Good access points for the walk are the car park at Jubilee Country Park and Petts Wood station just to the south.
Pilgrimage Way23 miles (37 km)This is a largely traffic free cycle ride or walk from Barking Abbey to Waltham Abbey via Three Mills, Limehouse Basin and the Olympic Site.
The route starts at Barking Abbey and heads through Plaistow and Mill Meads to the Limehouse Basin. This section follows a cycle track for most of the way and includes a stretch along the River Lea.
From Limehouse the route turns north through Victoria Park and Hackney Marsh to Lea Bridge where you begin a section along a series of reservoirs including West Warwick Reservoir and Lockwood Reservoir. The final section takes you through the lovely Lee Valley Park and along the River Lee Navigation Canal to the finish point at Waltham Abbey.
As this ride is mostly on off road paths and tracks it is also suitable for walkers.
Pymmes Brook Trail10 miles (16 km)Follow the Pymmes Brook Trail through North London on this pleasant walk.
The walk starts on Monken Hadley Common in Barnet and takes you through various parks including Oak Hill Park, Arnos Park, Broomfield Park and Pymmes Park. The route follows the Pymmes Brook - one of the tributaries of the River Lea where the route finishes at Picket's Lock in Enfield.
Rainham Marshes6 miles (9 km)Explore the RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve on this easy cycle or walk along NCN route 13. The route runs mostly along a riverside path by the River Thames from Purfleet to Rainham. The reserve has a variety of regular winged visitors, including peregrines, lapwings and wild ducks. There are also water voles and rare dragonflies to be seen across the boardwalks. Also take time to explore the visitor centre which has a wealth of information about the area.
This route is easily accesible with train stations at either end at Purfleet and Rainham.
Regent's Canal9 miles (14 km)Follow the Regent's canal through Regent's Park and Central London on this pleasant waterside cycling and walking route.
Starting at the Little Venice basin in Maida Vale, you follow the canal into Regent’s Park where you will find the famous Zoo. You then pass through Camden, with its popular market, before continuing towards the East End. The route then passes the revived Mile End Park with its arts pavilion, terraced gardens and green bridge with views of Canary Wharf. You finish at the River Thames at Limehouse Basin.
Shakespeare's Way146 miles (235 km)This walk follows a route that Shakespeare may have taken when travelling between Stratford-upon-Avon and London. The path passes through the Chilterns, Oxford, Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds, the valley of the River Stour and the Thames Valley making for a beautiful and varied walk. There are lovely waterside stretches along the Oxford Canal and the River Thames into London.
The walk is waymarked with a logo of Shakespeare's head.
South Bucks Way23 miles (37 km)The South Bucks Way runs from Coombe Hill near Wendover to Denham near Uxbridge.
You begin at the top of Coombe Hill with splendid views of the surrounding countryside and descend towards Great Missenden where you will pass the Abbey and join the River Misbourne. The route then follows the river through Amersham and Chalfont St Peter before joining the River Colne for the final stretch into Denham, where you finish by the Grand Union Canal.
South Norwood Country Park2 miles (2.5 km)A cycle or walk through this pleasant country park in Croydon.
St Pauls Cray Circular Walk6 miles (10 km)A short circular walk around St Paul's Cray in Bromley. The route takes you through Pauls Cray Hill Park, past Cray Valley Golf Club and through Park Wood where you will pass the Scadbury Park Nature Reserve. Good access points are the parking lot at Park Wood or St Mary Cray Station.
This is quite an easy walk with the main highlight the section through Scadbury Park. With 300 acres of ancient woodland and the ruins of the Elizabethan Moated Manor House it is well worth exploring.
Thames Down Link15 miles (24 km)This walk links the Thames Path and North Downs Way National Trails. It starts in Kingston upon Thames and heads south through Epsom Common, Horton Country Park and Mickelham Downs. The route finishes at Westumble near the pretty Box Hill Country Park in Surrey.
Three Commons5 miles (8 km)This short circular walk in Bromley takes you on a tour of Hayes, Keston and West Wickham common. Highlights include Ravensbourne waterfall, Baston Manor and Keston ponds.
Good access points are Hayes railway station or the car park near Baston Manor.
Three Forests Way60 miles (96 km)This circular walk links three fine forests in the Essex/Hertfordshire area - Hatfield Forest, Hainault Forest and Epping Forest. The walk passes Harlow, Loughton, the Roding Valley, Arbidge, Chipping Ongar and Chigwell. All three forests have long peaceful walking paths while the route also includes a splendid waterside section along the River Stort near Harlow.
Valentines Park Ilford2 miles (3 km)Valentines Park is a large, 130 acre park in the London Borough of Redbridge, between Ilford and Gants Hill. In 2012 the park was voted the 6th favourite park in the country. The park includes the 17th century Valentines Mansion with elegant period rooms, grand staircases and the accompanying historic gardens, featuring the Old English Garden, Long Water, The Dry Garden, the Rose Garden and Walled Gardens. The surrounding parkland has miles of footpaths taking you past the wide grass lawns and around the large lake.
The park is located right next to Gants Hill tub station and a short walk from Ilford train station.
Vanguard Way66 miles (106 km)This trail runs from the outskirts of London, through Ashdown Forest, Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley to the stunning East Sussex coast.
Route highlights include the lovely Ashdown Forest, the White Horse near Alfriston and the wonderful final coastal stretch that gives views of the Seven Sisters Cliffs and Tidemills beach. The path also passes through the beautiful Cuckmere Valley with splendid views of the Cuckmere River to enjoy.
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Victoria Park2 miles (3.2 km)Enjoy over 200 acres of parkland in East London on this short cycle or walk. The park boasts two cafes, a boating lake and several tree lined walkways. National Cycle Network route 1 also runs through the park so you can bring your bike.
Good access points are Cambridge Heath and Hackney Wick rail stations or Mile End tube station.




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