Best London Walking Trails

One of the best ways to see London’s various attractions and get a true feel of the city through interactions with the locals, is to take a walking tour on its various trails particularly those that pass through the heart of the city where most of the attractions such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Guildhall, the Bank of England, Mansion House, the Monument, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge and many others are located. There are different types of trails covering different areas and different attractions. With each trail, there are many themed side-tracks with each one deviating from the main trail so that you can get a more in-depth look at a certain area of the city. On these trails, you will find places where you can stop off for some food and drink and for taking rest.  Some of the important London trails are described below.

Jubilee Walkway
This is an official walking route in London that was opened on 9 June 1977 as the Silver Jubilee Walkway to commemorate and celebrate the silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. The trail was designed to connect many of the major tourist attractions covering a distance of 15 miles. It was renamed Jubilee Walkway on 24 October 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s golden jubilee. The walk was refurbished by adding a new spur walk in 2003, called the Camden loop that ventures into north-west London. There are five smaller loop walks on this walkway, the Western loop, Eastern loop, City loop, Camden loop and Jubilee loop.

The Western loop is the longest loop being six miles long and originating at Leicester Square. It proceeds in an anti-clockwise direction and it covers major sites such as National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Admiralty Arch, St James’s Park, Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey, Lambeth Palace, London Eye, OXO Tower, Tate Modern, Millennium Footbridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London transport Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

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Eastern Loop: It originates at the Tate Modern and covers five miles and the following main attractions – Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Golden Hind, Southwark Cathedral, Hay’s Galleria, HMS Belfast, City Hall, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Katherine Docks, The Monument, Bank of England, Royal Exchange, Mansion House and Millennium Footbridge.

City Loop: Shortest of the five loops, it originates at Bank junction and covers the following – No 1 Poultry, The Guildhall, Guildhall Art Gallery, London Wall, Barbican Centre, St Giles’ Church, Museum of London, One New Change, Paternoster Square, London Stock Exchange, St Paul’s Cathedral, and City of London School.

Camden Loop: It originates on Chancery Lane and covers many interesting places on a three-mile route such as Maughan Library, Coram’s Fields, Brunswick Square, Brunswick Centre, British Library, University College London, School of Oriental and African Studies and British Museum.

Jubilee Loop: This 1.7-mile loop originates at Trafalgar Square and focuses on the British monarchy and it covers the following attractions – Admiralty Arch, Victoria Memorial, Buckingham Palace, Birdcage Walk, St Stephen’s Club, Wellington Barracks, Parliament Square and St James’s Park.

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Thames Path
This National Trail footpath follows the River Thames for 184 miles from its source in the Cotswold Hills to the sea. Along the way, it passes through peaceful water meadows, unspoilt rural villages, historical towns and cities, and finally it ends at the Thames Barrier in Greenwich after passing through the heart of London. The path is flat following the banks of the river and as such, it is easy for walking and there is a lot to see and plenty of activities to watch. The various sections of this long path include The Thames Barrier to Greenwich; Greenwich to the London Eye; Island Gardens to Embankment; Barnes Bridge to Embankment; Putney to Richmond; Richmond to Hampton Court; Hampton Court to Staines; Staines to Windsor; Windsor to Bourne End; Bourne End to Henley-on-Thames; Henley-on-Thames to Tilehurst; Tilehurst to Cholsey; Cholsey to Dorchester; Dorchester to Abingdon; Abkingdon to Oxford; Oxford to Northmoor; Northmoor to Tadpole Bridge; Tadpole Bridge to Lechlade; Cricklade to Lechlade; and Cricklade to the source.

London Wall Walk
The London Wall was a Roman and Medieval defensive wall built by the Romans around Londinium and it roughly corresponds to the Square Mile of the City of London. Parts of the wall still exist and can only be seen now at some locations only. The London Wall Walk was devised by the Museum of London in 1984 and it traces the path of the wall from Tower Hill to the Museum of London. The path was marked with 21 blue and white titled information panels that help people to move easily from one location to the next. However, some of these panels have disappeared because of construction work in the city.

Green Chain Route London Outer Orbital Path (LOOP)
This is a 240-kilometre walk along public footpaths and through parks, woods and fields around the edge of Outer London. It starts at Erith on the south bank of the River Thames and passes clockwise through Crayford, Petts Wood, Coulsdon Banstead, Ewell, Kingston upon Thames, Uxbridge, Cockfosters, Chingford, Chigwell, Grange Hill and Upminster Bridge before the route ends at Purfleet, almost directly opposite the Thames from its starting point. The route passes through green buffers and some of the highest points in Greater London, between these settlements

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