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Self Guided Walking - London and Nearby


I am primarily traveling alone and staying in London. This is my 3rd time and I would enjoy some self guided walking/sight seeing options. I love architecture, culture, food, history, and design. - I dislike large crowds. I'm okay with popping on a train for an hour. Wit the days short in January, I'd prefer to be in safe areas for a woman alone. Walking 10 miles a day is no problem.

Sunshine is forecast for the next few days. Then partly cloudy skies. :)

All the best,

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Rick has 5 self guided walks on his audio Europe app - free to download. There is the British Museum, British Library, St Paul Cathedral, Westminster and a London City Walk.

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Check out the London walks website: to see if anything appeals.

I followed the Line Walk last November. From the O2 to the Anchor and Hope pub. Saw nary a soul.

Richmond Park: for a long stroll take a train to North Sheen station,( use your Oyster Card ) Exit and follow Manor Road a few blocks to Sheen Road and turn Left. A few more blocks and enter into Richmond Park on the Kings Road path directly adjacent to the East Sheen Cemetary. Lovely stroll in a beautiful park and if you are lucky you’ll get to see the red and fallow deer. You could walk all the way to Isabella Plantation or to the Ham House which is on the Thames River Path. Richmond Park is great.

Or tube to Hampstead and follow the Flask and then Well walks into the Heath. Seek out the Jim Henson Bench and a pleasant POV of London.

Or see if any of the Jubilee Walks suit your interests

Or tube to Paddington Station exit and follow the river path to Little Venice.

Just a few walk suggestions. Over the years have done all of them. Enjoyed each.

Happy travels.

EDIT: Near the O2 is the architecturally interesting Design Center. Its where I started the Line Walk.

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I am going to second the suggestion of London Walks. Yes, they are guided, but that can be a big plus.

No reservations needed. Just show up.

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If you want to get out of travel zone 1, there are good walks to be had in Epping Forest, where you can see Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge (built for Henry VIII), Dollis Valley Greenwalk (start at Mill Hill and work south), Lea Valley Walk - Waltham Abbey to Limehouse Basin. Various sections of the Thames Path are interesting - Tower Bridge to the Thames Barrier in the east or Hampton Court to Put ey to the west.

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There are many suggestions that sound interesting. Now I need to sit with my computer and research a bit.
Thank you all!

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hey hey susan
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Check National Trust website and websites of Area of Outstanding National Beauty ('AONB'). There are loads of routes.

I find the Chiltern Hills quite accessible. They are served by Cross rail, Metropolitan line and Chiltern train etc. Some are within Transport for London zones.

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As rain pours down here in the Land of La I’m curious as to which walks you finally decided upon to take.

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Hi Susan, Rick Steves London 23rd edition has five self-guided walking tours: Westminster, West End, Bankside, Historic London: The City Walk and East End. His London Pocket 4th edition guidebook contains the Westminster and West End. I’ve taken all of them except for the East End and highly recommend each one.

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Hello all,

I have had a super time doing many of the Euro walks for Britain (London) on the Rick Steves' app and they were fantastic. The only walk I have not done yet is the British Library.

I spent lots of time wandering Soho and Covent Garden. Southbank and Southwark is fabulous with it's very pretty sunsets. I discovered Bermondsey for the first time and was charmed by its little streets and restaurants.

I only have a few days left. I may get myself to the library. I have been trying to stay off the tube and buses knowing I have to test negative to get back to the states.

Any last suggestions for me? I haven't seen Battersea. I wonder if I could walk from the Waterloo Bridge along the river to it.

Thank you all for your suggestions!

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Not a long walk, but you could walk along the Roman Wall. It starts by the Tower Hill tube stop.

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Putney Bridge to Barnes Bridge along the Thames Path ending with tea and scones in Barnes at Orange Pekoe.

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Thanks everyone. I have only one day left.

Claudia - your suggestion of ending at Orange Pekoe sounds wonderful. If I don't get to do that walk on this trip, I'll look forward to doing it when I return.