Walkers

National Park City Week: Tuesday 24 July 2018

Welcome to the fourth day of London’s first National Park City Week, with a great variety of walks, talks, explorations, fun days and wildlife activities to celebrate our green spaces and waterways.

All day events

Abney Unearthed volunteering, 10am – 2pm
Theme: Look & learn
Meet at South Lodge by the Stoke Newington High Street Gates 9:30am for a cup of tea, N16 0LH

Come and remap, research and rediscover the 200,000 (approx.) people buried in Abney Park. Or join the research team from your office or at home. Don’t come if it’s raining! Organised by Hackney Council.

To find out more, email: [email protected]org, or call 020 7275 7557 or visit Abney Park website.

Friends of Parkland Walk Conservation Day, 10am – 3pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Wildlife Trail, Highgate end of the walk, N4 3EY

Join in fun conservation activities on the group’s regular second Saturday session. All help appreciated. Just turn up. Free event, no booking required. Find out more on the Friends of Parkland Walk website.

Circular Walk – Three Lovely Woods – Kingswood, Great Park Wood and Henley Wood, 10:30am – 3pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Sanderstead Pond, South Croydon CR2 8RE

Join the Ramblers for a circular seven-mile walk through three lovely woods – Kingswood, Great Park Wood and Henley Wood. Bring a picnic. Free event, just turn up. 

See Croydon Ramblers website for more info.

Gunnersbury Triangle Practical Conservation Workday, 10:30 am – 3:30pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet by entrance to Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve, London W4 5LW

Join the London Wildlife Trust for a volunteer practical conservation work day to help improve the reserve. Free event, just turn up

Find out more on LWT’s Gunnersbury Triangle volunteering website.

Walking Exploration of Hampstead Heath and its Environs, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Golders Green Station, London NW11 7RN

Join the Ramblers for an 11-mile brisk-paced circular walk around Hampstead Heath taking in Sandy Heath, Kenwood, Cohen's Fields, Pond Square, and Parliament Hill. Ends at Golders Green Tube. Many drop-out points. Free event, just turn up.

See Inner London Ramblers website for more detail.

Morning events

Innovative green spaces on housing estates: walking tour, 9am – 11am
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Queen Caroline St, Hammersmith, London, W6 9PJ

Join us for a breakfast morning walk and talk aimed at housing Professionals. Find out about some of the unique improvements being made on a housing estate in Hammersmith in consultation with the community through the Housing Estate Improvement Programme. See examples of the sustainable urban drainage systems installed through Groundwork London's hugely successful LIFE Climate Proofing Urban Landscapes project.

Book your free place on the Groundwork website.

Survival Skills with the Forest Knights, 10am – 1pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Lloyd Park, stables building next to tennis courts, Walthamstow, E17 4PP

A fun day out for the family at Lloyd Park. Come and learn survival tips and bush craft skills from fire starting to bow making. Free event, just turn up. Organised by the Conservation Volunteers. 

See the Lloyd Park events leaflet for more info.

Pollards Hill Wildlife Watch, 10:30am – 2pm
Theme: Look & learn
Meet at New Horizon Centre, CR4 1LT

Join in activities to discover the wildlife on your doorstep and learn more about the green spaces of Pollards Hill. Free event, just turn up.

Wildlife Data Challenge, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Thames Chase Forest Centre, Pike Lane, Upminster, RM14 3NS.

Get the kids inspired with nature and bring them along to help gather data for the Bioblitz project.

For more information visit Thames Chase website.

Tots’ Tales, 10:30am -11:30am
Theme: Family fun
Meet by the Crystal palace playground, SE19 2GA

'Story Time in the Park' is a nature-themed sensory tale, using props, activities and parachute play, bubbles and lots of singing! Suitable for under-5s.

Book your place and pay on the Tots’ Tales website. Discount for siblings.

Story Stompers Special Session 1 - London National Park City Week, 10:30am – 12pm
Theme: Arts in Parks
Meet at Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, Brockwell Park, SE24 0PA

Bring along the kids for a specially extended Story Stompers session inspired by the story 'Shark in the Park' by Nick Sharratt. We’ll explore what is living or growing in our garden, pond and woodland.

Book and pay for your place on Brockwell Greenhouses website.

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Guided Tours, 11am – 12:30pm
Theme: Day Walk and Talk
Meet at Park Information Point, Westfield Avenue Entrance, Stratford E20 1JN

Come and explore one of London’s newest Parks with an expert guide, who will bring its iconic landmarks and secrets to life! Join us for a specially created walk being held twice a day, every day of London’s first National Park City Week. It’s been six years since the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games – how has Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park changed since then, and what does the future hold?

These tours are sure to be popular so book your place today by calling the Information Point between 10am - 3pm on 02085362716 - pay by cash on the day. Maximum of 20 people. Tours cost £8 per adult, £6 concession and £3 per child (3-16). Find out more on their website.

Morden Park and Morden Hall Park Walk, 11am – 2:45pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Motspur Park station, KT3 6JJ

Join the Ramblers for a 5.5 mile gentle walk on paths in parks and along the River Wandle to Wimbledon. Drop-out points throughout the walk. Ends at Wimbledon BR station. Free, just turn up. 

Visit Inner London Ramblers website to find out more.

Hounslow Heath Green Gym Tuesday Workout, 10:45am – 2pm
Theme: Health & fitness
Hounslow Heath Visitor Centre, TW4 5AB

Come along to Hounslow Heath Green Gym (HHGG), a fantastic way to keep active, meet new people, learn practical skills and spend time outdoors. You also give something back to the community. Join us every Tuesday where we meet to improve the habitats of the Heath and the health and wellbeing of local people through conservation.

Find out more on the Hounslow Heath Green Gym website.

Friends of Littleheath Woods weekly Tuesday morning working party
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Littleheath Woods, Croydon, CR2 8EL

Come and help the weekly working party maintain the woods. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more details nearer the date on Friends of Littleheath Woods website.

Afternoon events

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Guided Tours, 1pm – 2:30pm
Theme: Day Walk and Talk
Meet at Park Information Point, Westfield Avenue Entrance, Stratford E20 1JN

Come and explore one of London’s newest Parks with an expert guide, who will bring its iconic landmarks and secrets to life! Join us for a specially created walk being held twice a day, every day of London’s first National Park City Week. It’s been six years since the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games – how has Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park changed since then, and what does the future hold?

These tours are sure to be popular so book your place today by calling the Information Point between 10am - 3pm on 02085362716 - pay by cash on the day. Maximum of 20 people. Tours cost £8 per adult, £6 concession and £3 per child (3-16). Find out more on their website.

Historic Views and trees Ranger-led walk, 1pm – 3pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Osterley Park and House stables courtyard, TW7 4RB

Enjoy a two-hour 3.5km guided tour exploring the recently restored historic vistas of Osterley House and see some notable trees on the estate. Please wear suitable footwear. Walk will go ahead in all weathers. 

Visit the National Trust website to find out more.

Story Stompers Special Session 2 - London National Park City Week, 1:30pm – 3pm
Theme: Arts in Parks
Meet at Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, Brockwell Park, SE24 0PA

Bring along the kids for a specially extended Story Stompers session inspired by the story 'Shark in the Park' by Nick Sharratt. Discover what’s living or growing in our garden, pond and woodland.

Book and pay for your place on the Brockwell Greenhouses website.

The Trees of Barnsbury wood, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Crescent street, N1 1BW

Join a guided walk around London’s smallest nature reserve discovering both ancient and young trees. Suitable for adults and older children. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more the Islington Council website.

Guided Tour of the Formal Gardens and Visitor Centre at Beckenham Place Park, 4pm – 6pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet outside the Mansion (by the car park), Beckenham Place Park, BR3 1SY

Come and visit beautiful Beckenham Place park - learn about the history and Mansion enjoy a short (up to one hour) guided walk. Free but booking required. Organised by Lewisham Council.

Register now on Eventbrite.

Free Summer Community Basket Ball Coaching, 12pm – 2pm
Theme: Health & fitness
Harrow Recreation Ground, Cunnington Park, HA1 1NS

Get outdoors and improve your game with Ball Out Community Coaching sessions. Open to players of all abilities, 10-18 years old. Just sign up and get your parent/guardian consent. All sessions are drop in.

Find out more on Ball out website.

Clissold Park lunchtime health walk, 1pm – 2pm
Theme: Health & fitness
Meet outside Clissold House in Clissold Park (off  Stoke Newington Church Street/ Green Lanes), N16 9HJ

Get healthier on this Hackney Council led walk. It’s a great way to socialise, enjoy the park and get healthy. For all abilities. You must complete an outdoor questionnaire first. Varies in difficulty.

Email walks coordinator: [email protected] who’ll make sure you’re met by the walk leader o the day. Find out more on the Hackney: Walking Together website.

Stroke/mobility walk at Clissold Park, 1pm - 1:45pm
Theme: Health & fitness
Clissold Park, N16 9HJ

A free walk for Hackney residents who are recovering from, or at risk from, stroke or TIA and people with mobility issues.

To book your place, call: 020 8356 5285/4897 or email: [email protected]. We'll register you or ask you to complete an application form and give to your instructor before the walk starts. Places are awarded on a first come, first served basis

Find out more on Hackney’s after stroke programme website.

Explore the Wild West End Garden, 3pm - 5pm
Theme: Look & learn
Meet at Old Quebec Street, W1H 7AF

Meet those behind the Wild West End Garden. This new public space for people to enjoy was designed by Kate Gould, Gold winner at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Find out more on the Wild West End website.

Camden Highline Walking Tours 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meets at Camden Collective, 5-7 Buck Street, London, NW1 8NJ

Talk to the team behind the Camden Highline! Hear the latest progress and see the model with Project Manager Adam Richards. Tours star Camden Collective and ends on Camley Street. Please enter via the external gates by ringing the 'Collective Hub' buzzer.

Please wear comfy shoes and bring an umbrella if it is raining. Tours will go ahead whatever the weather.

Book your free place on Eventbrite.

Evening events

If These Trees Could Talk, 5pm - 8pm
Theme: Arts in Parks
Meet at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (exact location will be sign-posted), SE11 5HL

Bring the kids (ages 5 to 12) along to climb into the canopies of trees in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Staff from Vauxwall Climbing Centre will be on hand to help. There’ll also be chances to explore and hear stories from other children and students of Neon Performing Arts (based at Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre) about the gardens’ rich history. Organised by Studio Long & Vauxwall & Vauxhall One.  This event is cancelled.

#Better Air Tranquil Walks, 6pm – 7:30pm
Theme: Evening walk & talk
Outside gates of refectory courtyard, Southwark Cathedral, SE1 9DA

Join a curated ‘walk-shop’ along Bankside and London Bridge with the Museum of Walking. Record and discover hidden and peaceful ways through analysing the acoustic surroundings. 

Find out more on the Museum of Walking website.

To book simply RSVP Email: [email protected]

South London Botanical Institute Open Evening, 6-8pm
Theme: Look & learn
Meet at The South London Botanical Institute (SLBI) 323 Norwood Road, SE24 9AQ.

Come and enjoy the beautiful garden with a glass of wine on a summer evening with your friends as part of National Park City Week. All welcome. Donations appreciated. No booking necessary.

For more information visit the SLBI website.

Walking Our Green Mile, 6pm - 8pm
Theme: Evening walk & talk
Meet at West Croydon station (London Road entrance), CR0 2TA

Meet Croydon Community groups for a guided two-mile walk to show how green spaces are being created and how local people are bringing new life to the park. Walk ends at Thornton Heath station.

Book your free place on Eventbrite.

East Walworth Green Links Summer Walk, 6pm – 8pm
Theme: Evening walk & talk
Meet at Elephant Park, Elephant Road, SE17 1LB

Come along for a Green Links walk from Elephant Park to Burgess Park exploring the nature and history of these green spaces in Walworth. Meet designers and community gardeners.

Book your free place on the Elephant Park website.

Walk and Talk About Healthy Living - Regent's Park, 6 - 8pm
Theme: Evening walk & talk
Meet at Benugo Espresso Bar, Chester Road, Regent's Park Broad Walk, NW1 4NU

Free early evening walk-and-talk about healthy living in Regent’s Park. Round trip takes about 1.5 hrs, returning to the Espresso Bar for a coffee and chat. Dog and wheelchair friendly. All welcome.

To book your place text Wendy on 07957438666 or visit her Twitter page.

Deptford Evening Walk, 6:30pm - 9pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at New Cross station, SE14 6AR

Join the Ramblers for a five-mile after-work walk around Deptford, including Fordham and Deptford parks, the riverside, the creek and magnificent St Paul's church. Ends at New Cross Gate station. Drop out points throughout. Free event, just turn up. 

Visit Inner London Ramblers website to find out more.

Deptford Folk Meeting, 7:30pm – 9pm
Theme: Look & learn
Festa Sul Prato, Folkestone Gardens, SE8 5JE

Join Deptford Folk to learn more about what's happening in North Deptford's parks and green spaces and get involved. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more on the Deptford Folk website.

Hackney GoodGym Group Run, 6:45pm - 7:15pm
Theme: Health & fitness
Meet at E5 Bakehouse, 395 Mentmore Terrace, London, E8 3PH

Boost your health and support your neighbourhood - come for a run with Hackney GoodGym, a community of runners that combine getting fit with doing good. It's a great way to get fit, meet new people and do some good. Everyone's welcome.

To take part, sign up at: GoodGym and find out more about Hackney GoodGym.

Summer Evening Social in Folkestone Gardens
Theme: Wildcard
Meet at Folkestone Gardens, Lewisham, SE8 5JA

Come along for a summer evening social in Folkestone Gardens. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more details nearer the date on the Deptford Folk website.