Footways London Nature Trails

Four new family-friendly walking routes were launched over the summer by our friends at Footways. The trails inspire people to get out on foot to explore the variety of landscapes and wildlife you can discover across our city.

In partnership with The Mayor of London and Transport for London, the routes connect up natural spaces in some of London’s most built-up areas, highlighting the surprising diversity of nature to be found. Potential spots include great crested grebes, red admirals, and hawker dragonflies, to name but a few. Naturally, several Rangers were involved at various points in the process, from route creation to promotion, and joining in the launch weekend activities.

Camley Street Natural Park by Will Petty for Footways

Ranging from 4.5 to 9-miles in length, these are walks to enjoy over a couple of hours or so, with plenty to see and opportunities to take breaks along the way.

Emma Griffin, co-founder of Footways said:

“We’ve carefully designed these walking routes to follow London’s natural corridors – its canals, rivers, parks, woodlands, and nature reserves. We’ve also picked out some interesting cultural and historical features to discover on the way. So whether you want a full-day activity, or choose a section for a shorter walk, you’re guaranteed to see something new and feel great.”

The walks are categorised North, East, South and Central London, and you can follow the routes on your phone using the Footways website or by downloading the Go Jauntly app – both of which are free. Beautiful, printed maps were produced for the launch weekend and if you’re lucky you may find one in circulation still!

Exploring with a Footways map

Rangers were involved in the creation of the North London route, which runs between Burnt Oak and Wembley, taking in the refreshing blue-green swathe of Welsh Harp Open Space.

Welsh Harp Brent Reservoir by Catherine Harder for Footways

A plethora of engaging activities took place on the launch weekend including wildflower crafts at Cody Dock, guided walks along the Silk Stream in Brent, pond-dipping, and community planting sessions.

Footways is the social enterprise behind Central London Footways, a network of quiet and enjoyable routes for walking in London. Find out more and walk them here: Footways.

Why not walk one of the Footways London Nature Trails yourself to rediscover the urban nature of the city. More info

Enjoyed that? Then why not try some of our London City Views Ring Walk. Walk this way

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