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On 22 and 23 May over 50 free guided walks are being held through London for Transport's Walk London weekend – so that London's streets, parks, attractions and woodlands can be explored in the very best way – on foot.
Walking has been described as practically perfect exercise – and on top of that you save money, are environmentally friendly and getting fitter! So what could be more exciting than the prospect of free walking tours around London?
Overall there are seven strategic routes set up, providing 430 miles of walks: Lea ValleyWalk, Capital Ring, Thames Path, Jubilee Walkway, Jubilee Greenway, Green Chain Walk and London Loop.
In each section, walks of varying length and type will take place in most boroughs – you just need to go to the events page and do a search to find one that takes your fancy.
To give you an idea of the variety, you can take a walk from Woolwich to Greenwich – shooting and equestrian events sites during the 2012 Olympic Games – taking in the Thames Barrier, Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, the O2 and finishing in historic Greenwich itself. It comes in at just under six miles and takes around three hours.
There's a two-and-a-half hour history walk starting at London Bridge that covers 2,000 years of history, including the Great Fire and the Blitz.
And if the Olympic spirit is making you feel fit then maybe the 12.5 mile walk, starting at Cheshunt station and following waterways, locks, marshes, parks and nature reserves to finish at Bromley by Bow, is the walk for you – you'll even catch a glimpse of what will be the Olympic Park!