I recently found out about something called the Capital Ring Walk. This is a circular, 78 mile walk around the outskirts of London, broken down into manageable sections, which I have discovered can nicely fill a Saturday afternoon or an entire Sunday (with lunch break of course). The sections were devised to ensure you start and finish each section close to a railway station and you’ll walk through natural sites along the way including parks and cemeteries.
You can start at any section of the ring, I started at section 2: Falconwood to Grove Park, which was a manageable distance to begin the challenge. If you do this section of the walk in July/August you can expect to see horses in fields and wild blackberry bushes, so take a tub as there are plenty to pick en route. I used maps on my iphone to keep track of my route (as my sense of direction is terrible), but there are signs up at junctions and pathways for a bit of general guidance. It’s a fantastic way of seeing parts of the city you may not have otherwise thought to visit, the exercise will give you a strong heart and the fresh air, a clear head – and the bonus is that you can download and print yourself a certificate from the website once you’ve completed it, providing a sense of satisfaction for your accomplishment!
‘A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.’ Paul Dudley White.
Below are a few photos I took while on my four mile walk…