London Crime Trail Part 1

Themed Walks in London Walking the London Crime Trail Crime is, of course, not unique to London, nor was it invented here, although it may sometimes feel that way. It is certainly true that no other city revels more in it, and no other city would dream of bestowing semi-mythical status to its mass murderers such as Sweeney Todd or Jack the Ripper who are as deeply ingrained in the city’s cultural fabric as its

London Crime Trail Part 1

A Hunting Lodge We Will See

Walks near London A Tudor Hunting Lodge If you go hiking in the Epping Forest on the Eastern outskirts of London, you should not miss Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge.

It’s a bit of a gem, really. Even in central London, there are very few original Tudor houses that have been as well preserved and that can really give you an idea of how life was lived in the 16th century.

A Hunting Lodge We Will See

Swinging London – Part 2

"themed london walks - spirit of soho mural"

Themed London Walks Take a Walk in Swinging London – Part 2.

Read part 1 here

Today, in the finale of the first of our themed London walks, we are crossing from Soho over into Mayfair and beyond. We start at the Spirit of Soho mural on the corner of Broadwick and Carnaby Street.

Turn left into Carnaby Street and right into Beak Street. Cross Regent Street and continue, more or

Swinging London – Part 2

Themed London Walks: Swinging London – Part 1

British Parliament seen from Trafalgar Square in London

Themed London Walks Take a Walk in Swinging London – Part 1 In the first of our themed London walks, we are going to take a tour of Swinging London, visiting the places where its famous inhabitants once worked or played or both. (One reason why London was so “swinging” is that the lines between the two were not always clearly drawn.) We will take in iconic clubs and bars, places where pop music history

Themed London Walks: Swinging London – Part 1

A Walk in the People’s Forest

people's forest in epping

Walks near London Power to the People’s Forest

We will spend the next couple of weeks in London where we will do some urban walking as well as some “proper” hiking, too, starting today by exploring the biggest public outdoor space in the British capital.

Any idea what that might be? Hands up everybody who said Hyde Park. Don’t worry, I would have said so too, and I lived in London

A Walk in the People’s Forest

Go Exploring London on Foot

"House of Parliament London"

Walking London Exploring London on Foot If you want to go exploring London on foot, you must – as a general rule – be selective and concentrate on no more than one area per day. The distances from one part of town to the other are simply too long for even the most determined urban walker.

Still, you’ll be surprised at what you can discover in a mere couple of hours – enough,

Go Exploring London on Foot

Walking Along The Thames

"Enjoying a drink by the Thames"

Walking in London Let’s Go Walking along the Thames

Some of the best walking paths in London can be found along the banks of the river Thames. Whenever you are looking for a particularly easy walk: a two to three hour stroll to help you digest a heavy Sunday lunch or something to do if an afternoon business meeting has been cancelled, my advice: Pick a stretch. Any stretch.

There is

Walking Along The Thames

Ghosts Of London Past

"The Limehouse Basin in London"

Urban Walking – London

 

London is a great city for hikers. For one because there are so many scenic trails and nature reserves near-by – the Ridgeway, the South Downs Way, the New Forest – and for another because they are all so easy and convenient to reach by what is probably the world’s best public transport system. (I know the London urban and suburban rail networks get a lot of stick,

Ghosts Of London Past

A Walking Holiday in the UK

Guest Post: Walking holiday in the UK

 

Want to get out for a walk but you aren’t sure where to go? Here are some suggestions to choose from, with varying levels of difficulty, for a fabulous walking holiday in the UK.

 

Cornwall Coastal Path – an extended trail

Photo courtesy of AndyRobertsPhotos

One of the most spectacular coastal paths in the UK is the South West Coast

A Walking Holiday in the UK

The Pennine Way

"Torside Reservoir in Crowden Derbyshire"

Easy hiking in the UK The Pennine Way in Derbyshire

It was in Derbyshire where we discovered the delights of easy hiking. Which is why when Joe O’Neill, a regular reader of this blog, told us about his recent hike in the Pennines, not far from Manchester, we asked him to share some of his photos.

These pictures were taken in Crowden, where he attempted to hike the toughest part of

The Pennine Way