This summer, London has been gripped by the Olympic fever and in less than two days the same is about to happen with the Paralympics. The atmosphere is rife with excitement and the city has provided a lot of ways to celebrate.
Scattered on the streets of the capital are several strange, one eyed creatures. They're decked out in odd attire, from Union Flags to Chinese dragons, and go by the name Wenlock and Mandeville. They're there as part of several strolls planned by Mayor of London Presents, all in the name of the 2012 Games.
There are six strolls to do (Red, Blue, Green, Purple, Pink and Yellow) and all of them come with a map and a list of mascots that should be found. At 4.8km the longest of them is the Red Trail encompassing part of the South Bank, each figure can usually be found amidst a gaggle of giggling children, London 2012 fanatics and pleased parents.
The Red Trail begins with Union Flag Mandeville just before Westminster Bridge on the South Bank side. It's a fantastic indicator of just how great the strolls actually are, not only do participants get to search out the huge variety of mascots, but they also get to take in the iconic London sights. On occasion, for example Big Ben Wenlock and Lambeth Palace Mandeville, the two are combined.
The Red Trail takes people past the Millennium Wheel, the Aquarium, Lambeth Palace, over Lambeth Bridge and right up to the Houses of Parliament. It's a very scenic route and at the last mascot, Westminster Abbey Wenlock, it really doesn't feel like a 4.8km stroll.
It's a brilliant way to spend part of the day and it's completely free to do, it's definitely a lot of fun for children and perhaps more surprising is enjoyable for adults as well.
The government are eager for the London 2012 Games to leave behind a legacy and so far they have lived up to the motto 'inspire a generation' and these strolls are no different. It's a great way to get out and get active, but hurry. They're only going to be there until 9 September, when the Paralympic Games come to an end.