The London Wall Walk
Distance: 2.8 km
Walking Time: 1 Hour
Established by the Museum of London in the 80s, the London Wall Walk is a historical route which passes remnants of a medieval wall dating back to Roman times. Passing 21 stops, the trail starts at the Tower of London, passing Aldgate and Moorgate, before ending by the museum. History buffs should pay particular attention to the ‘Bastion’ at stop 14 which played a significant role in the Norman Conquest.
Distance: 24 km
Walking Time: 5 Hours
For a longer walk, try the Jubilee Walkway route which passes some of London’s most famous landmarks, including City Hall, the Houses of Parliament, St Paul's Cathedral and Trafalgar Square. Look out for gold discs throughout which signpost the path and mark historical events from the last century. With countless places to stop off for a takeaway drink, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk
Walking Time: 4 Hours
This charming walking route passes through four of London’s royal parks – St James's Park, Green Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens – many of which commemorate the life of Princess Diana. Celebrating her affection for open spaces, the signposted route has 90 plaques to mark historical references and royal residences, including Kensington Palace, St James's Palace and Spencer House. Bookmark this walk for a sunny day to appreciate the Princess Diana fountain in Hyde Park.
Hampstead Heath Circular Trail
Distance: 9.7 km
Walking Time: 3 Hours 30 Minutes
There are several walking routes to take here, but for beautiful scenery, head for the Hampstead Heath Circular Trail. Starting at Parliament Hill, follow the path past the ponds to Millfield Lane. From there, the continues to Poets Lane (named after Coleridge and Keats who frequented the area), Kenwood House, and the ancient Wylde Wood. Via Golders Hill Park, make your way to the summit of Hampstead Heath, before finishing at Pryors Field. The trail is popular with dog walkers, so don’t forget to take your four-legged friend.