Being a frequent traveler, I can tell from experience that there’s nothing more refreshing than going for a stroll in the park after a tiring day filled with adventure and thrill. From breathing fresh air into your lungs to being completely mesmerized by surreal yet serene surroundings around you, ending your day being caught up by some of Mother Nature’s finest pieces of art is definitely worth your while.
Despite all the vagaries of the British weather, London is a wonderful place to stroll through. And if you happen to be there, don’t forget to check out the following beautiful walks in London.
A Date with the New River – The iconic trail from Turnpike Lane to Sadler’s Wells
Dating all the way back to 1613, the New River walk from Turnpike Lane to Sadler’s Wells allows one to experience London life from a modern perspective. From crossing iconic places like Haringey, Stoke Newington, Canobury and even Islington to experiencing the view of the river that is not a rive but a canal, this exquisite route has been deemed by many as a game of hide and seek between land and the canal.
The trail begins by getting warmed up at Hampden Road. From here, one is welcomed by the lush green grassy path followed by a cozy little wooden bridge. As if this wasn’t enough to get one lost in London’s beauty, you even get to witness places like the Finsbury Park and the Seven Sisters Road before touching base with the Woodbury Wetland, Castle Climbing Centre and finally, the 18th-century-old Clissold House mansion. The trail finally bids you farewell for the day with its peaceful stretch of landscaping with fountains, towering willow, pine trees, and ornamental boulders before you end up at Sadler’s Wells on Rosebery Avenue.
The Alluring Thames Path East – A historic trail from London Bridge to Rotherhithe
If you are in the mood for a trail that is comparatively shorter yet filled with some of London’s popular attractions – then the route from London Bridge to Rotherhithe is definitely worth visiting.
The trail begins at the famous London Bridge Station. After descending a few steps towards the Southwark Needle Sculpture, you’ll soon find yourself crossing the notorious HMS Belfast (known for its role in the Korean War), followed by the classy 19th-century Hay’s Galleria (which was once a docking point for tea clippers from Asia). The path continues to grab your attention with its dome-shaped wide piazza City Hall along with the thousand-year-old Tower of London (which journeyed from being a castle to prison and then eventually a museum).
As you continue your walk, other monumental sites worth noticing include the Tower Bridge, which looms just ahead. This is followed by Eduardo Paolozzi’s geometric sculpture and the view of Bermondsey wharves.
If you think these breathtaking sites were all there was to witness on this trail, then you are in for a surprise. As soon as you reach Rotherhithe Street, the final destination of the trail, historic signs like Bombay Court and East India Court are laid, waiting to remind you of London’s rich trading history.
The Circular trail down the Richmond Park
The Circular trail down Richmond Park is probably one of the shortest and the most beautiful walks in London, allowing tourists to explore acres of emerald green grasslands with gigantic oak trees, a colony of ring-necked parakeets and herds of deer roaming freely.
Although the Richmond Green served as a jousting ground during the era of the Tudors, today, it serves as the starting point of this stunning 10 km wild wonder. Some of the noteworthy places tourists are likely to come across during this trail include the attractive Richmond Bridge, the enchanting Petersham Nurseries and tea house, picturesque churches, Ham Gate (a 13th-century royal hunting ground), Isabella Plantation (the 40-acre-long Victorian woodland garden) and an expansive open pond. The path curves around the fenced wildlife sanctuary from here before running back uphill towards the Richmond Gate.
The Relaxing Lime house Basin Trail from Bethnal Green to Wapping
The Lime house Basin Trail from Bethnal Green to Wapping has been recognized as another “beautiful walks in London” by the tourists and the locals. This pleasant trail along Regent’s Canal and the Thames is usually flocked by people looking for a relaxing late afternoon Sunday stroll.
The trail ideally begins in Bethnal Green near the Regent Canal’s towpath and passes through the entrance to Victoria Park. From here onwards, the path becomes even more attractive while passing through cozy cottages and colorful canal boats near the Canary Wharf towards the Mile End Park, the children’s play pavilion, and the Ragged School Museum.
As you continue down the trail, the Salmon Lane Lock Bridge emerges adjoining Regent Canal with the Thames. The road offers other fascinating sights like the Limehouse Waterside and Mariana, which is again famous for its role during the Tudor times, followed by the Baroque Hawksmoor Church of St Anne. The famous master chef Gordon Ramsay Gastro pub by the name “The Narrow” can also be found by the river side and is a recommended stop for all tourists.
Alternatively, as you continue down the Prospect Path, you are greeted by King Edward Memorial Park before reaching the 1950-built Wrapping Wall riverside inn.
The Bottom line
While the great fire of London may have burned half the city to the ground in the 1600s, the capital of London left no stones in building itself back up. Today it is considered one of the most advanced and progressive cities with sound architecture. But what many people fail to realize is that it hasn’t lost on its natural scenic beauty in doing so.
In fact, it has worked hard to protect the city’s rich history and heritage while ensuring no compromises are made with the naturally existing landmarks. So whether you have a particular road, riverside or park in mind or are just out for an aimless meander, these beautiful walks in London are definitely worth including on your travel itinerary.