There are many benefits to walking; it is easy to start whatever your fitness level, you don't need any equipment other than a pair of comfortable shoes and it is free. We all know we are meant to do thirty minutes of exercise a day for our health, but walking also contributes to our happiness and wellbeing. So, now that we are confined to home why not do a little research and discover the unexplored and historic corners of your borough within walking distance?
Spring is a great time to get out and explore new routes as part of your daily exercise, whether you are just setting out or want to achieve your 10,000 steps. A great place to start is your local park, however, currently some of these are closed, so it is worth checking before you go as this can change on a daily basis.
For information on Islington parks check here
For information on Hackney parks check here
For information on Tower Hamlets parks check here
If you planning to visit a royal park check here.
Walks in Islington
Some great set routes, parks and historical walks in Islington
London Parks & Gardens Trust self guided walks
Map my walk routes
Walks in Hackney
Parks and open spaces walks from Sustainable Hackney
Information on walks and apps from Hackney
Some great weekend walks from the London Parks & Gardens Trust
Walks in Tower Hamlets
Some great health and historical walks with links to download or print routes
Links to routes and maps from Get Outside
Country walks in London from the Stylist
Apps & Technology
There is a plethora of both free and paid for apps available for Android & Apple devices, but it is worth exploring what your phone already has built in. Many can now record your route on a map, count the number of steps, the calories used and even tell you how much climbing you have done, it's up to you whether you deserve cake with your cup of tea when you get home!
Google maps - choose the walking option and you can add multiple stop off points to make a circular route, guided by voice.
Walk it - urban walking routes in London
Map my Walk - user uploaded routes & recommendations, also allows you to record your walk
All Trails - app with routes & directions that shows your position on the route as you walk.
Thanks to the Stylist and Age UK for images
Lastly, enjoy your walk and please remember to maintain social distancing to keep everybody safe.