|Winter Walking Around London|
A weekend of free guided walks around the Capital
Spectacular views, hidden gems and green parkland can all be enjoyed on a crisp stroll around the Capital as part of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) winter walking weekend later this month.
There are six new walks for 2016 including 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. There are also a number of new family-friendly walks, including a gentle animal-themed stroll through the City.
Ben Plowden, Director of Surface Strategy and Planning at TfL, said: “Walking is not only the best way to enjoy hidden treasures and famous landmarks around London, it is also good for health and wellbeing. We hope that through these free guided walks people will see how easy, quick and enjoyable it can be to walk around this vibrant city.
"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.”
The 43 guided Winter Wanders include:
Saturday 23 January
Scenes on Screen - Film and TV in London at 14:00 (1.7 miles) a new walk for 2016, which will take in locations used for films, TV series and commercials, as well as insights into some of the famous former local residents.
Sunday 24 January
Walk the Piccadilly Line at 14.00 (1 mile) this is a special new design-led 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. The walk will cover the design heritage of the Piccadilly line stations and London’s transport design icons generally.
TfL supports the Mayor’s commitment to promote walking as an enjoyable and healthy way to experience all that London has to offer. Through Legible London, walking in London has never been easier with 1,500 Legible London signs installed to help people find their way including; at all Tube and mainline rail stations, bus stops and Cycle Hire docking stations. TfL has also published a version of the iconic Tube map, showing walking times between central London Tube stations.
TfL is working closely with London’s boroughs to help make the Capital a more walking-friendly city, with over £4 billion being invested over 10 years to make London’s streets and roads greener and safer. TfL has also invested more than £9 million into the Walk London Network of seven high quality walking routes that span London.
Winter Wanders is one of three TfL sponsored walking weekends held each year, to help Londoners enjoy the city’s best walking routes and motivate people to walk more often. The other guided walking weekends, ‘Spring into Summer’ and ‘Autumn Ambles’ take place in May and October.
To find out more about the ‘Winter Wanders’ guided walks near you, visit www.walklondon.org.uk.
For more information about walking in the Capital and to download the Walking Tube map and other maps, visit www.tfl.gov.uk/walking.
5th January 2016