There has been a great deal of publicity recently about the benefits of Walking for Health, the benefits of which walkers and ramblers have always been aware.
Walking for Health itself provides short walks locally, wherever you are and for the more adventurous or those walkers who have been ‘bitten by the walking bug’ there are many longer trails, circular routes and challenges published in books and on the internet from a variety of sources.
The Ramblers have just published ‘Ten inspiring walks for 2015’, ‘from windswept coastal adventures to hidden treasures in the Lake District, we’ve pulled together ten of the best walking routes to try in 2015. ‘
The walks are special having walked some of them myself in varying weather but not one of the walks is based either in London, Kent, Sussex or Surrey or the Home Counties to the north of the Capital.
To encourage walkers to start to explore and discover the exhilaration of walking and the countryside that radiates out from London I have drawn together ‘Five Great Walks that start in London.
With the greatest of the country’s population centred in the South East I believe that they should first be inspired locally, to be motivated to accept a challenge and have the belief that they can achieve and walk a long distance walk whether alone or with a group.
The walks are never that far from buses or trains and all the walks can be walked in stages, a quiet pint in some country pub and home for the evening to think about the next walk.
As an added incentive, the 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings is set for 2016, a perfect time to complete 1066 Harold’s Way.
My ‘Five Great Walks that start in London’ are 1066 Harold’s Way, Grand Union Canal Walk, Jubilee Greenway, Capital Ring and The Thames Path. Further details can be found at: http://www.1066haroldsway.co.uk/
By David Clarke
21st January 2015
David is a walker and a writer of walks. He has walked extensively in the UK and completed a number of long distance walks.
His first book, ‘1066 Harold’s Way’ will be followed this spring by ‘Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House’, a 55 mile circular walk around the history and the industry of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Both books are published by Bretwalda Books.
Further long distance walks planned are ‘1066 Harold’s Way The Final Journey’ and ‘1066 William’s Way’ – details can be found from his Blog: www.historywalksblog.wordpress.com and from the website: www.1066haroldsway.co.uk