Free Guided Walk In The Capital

Do you think you have seen all London has to offer? If not, be sure to check out the Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Winter Wanders Weekend Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 of January. These free guided walks in the capital can show you a few hidden gems of the city.

TFL ‘Winter Wanders’ is 43 free guided walks across London. Walks include a leafy and historic walk along the Thames path from Richmond, passing under Richmond Bridge and by Ham House to arrive at Kingston for lunch. The afternoon traverses the whole of Bushey Park on the London Loop. This is an original royal hunting ground and herds of deer may often be seen.

Or The Real West End walk that starts at Charing Cross station and takes you down some of the lesser-known streets and alleys of Covent Garden and Soho. These districts began to be developed in the late 17th century as aristocratic areas but soon went downhill as the rich moved further west. On this walk we will go down an alley where the buildings have hardly changed in 300 years and which is still lit with gas lights. You will pass through the area which was the centre of the coach and carriage making trade in the 18th and 19th century and walk along a street where the buildings proclaim their connection with one of the great historic livery companies of the City of London.

One of the new walks for 2016 includes a special design-focused walk to celebrate TfL’s Transported by Design programme. The walk will follow the Piccadilly line above ground from Green Park Tube station to Covent Garden Tube station taking in the design heritage of the stations and the surrounding areas.

Ben Plowden, Director of Surface Strategy and Planning at TfL, said: “From our new Walking Tube map to Legible London wayfinding signs and our pedestrian safety action plan, we’re committed to making London the most walkable city in the world.”

So if your New Year’s resolution was to get out and be more active, this is the perfect chance to do just that and learn a bit about the Capital at the same time.

1 Enjoy The Magic Of Winter On A Free Guided Walk In The Capital http://www.putneysw15.com/default.asp?section=info&link=http://neighbournet.com/server/common/conlondonwalks001.htm
2 WINTER WANDERS WEEKEND http://www.walklondon.org.uk/
Accessed online 13 January 2016

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