Transport for London has organised 42 free guided walks across the Capital next month, as part of ongoing plans to encourage active travel.
The ‘Spring into Summer’ walks take place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May and cover a variety of ‘fun and interesting’ themes. More than 25 of the walks are fully accessible.
A number of new walks have been introduced, including the ‘Urban Tree Trail’ which provides the opportunity to find out more about how ecosystems are managed in an urban landscape.
‘Suffragette City’ will explore the Suffragettes’ fight for votes for women – while ‘From Prejudice to Pride’ will delve into the history of London’s LGBTQ+ community.
Active travel forms an integral part of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, with the aim that 80% of journeys in London will be made by walking, cycling or public transport by 2041.
TfL says beyond the immediate personal benefits of walking, reducing reliance on cars will help improve London’s air quality, reduce congestion and make the Capital’s streets greener, safer and more pleasant places.
Each walk is led by an experienced Walk London guide equipped to manage groups on trips varying from short ambles up to the lengthiest routes.
Lilli Matson, director of transport strategy, said:
“Our walking weekends provide Londoners the opportunity to explore and find out what London has to offer in an active and healthy way.
“There’s a variety of walks that really show London from a new perspective and how different areas of the capital connect. We hope they will inspire people to go on to enjoy more journeys on foot.”
Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said:
“These walks are a wonderful way to see London this spring. They offer an interesting insight into our capital and are a great way to stay fit and healthy. I hope they inspire everyone to get out and enjoy exploring their local area.”
27 April 2018