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5 London Walks Where History Meets Nature

Escape the rush of city life by exploring London's green spaces draped in history.

Description

Swap the tower blocks, tubes, and bustling streets for groomed gardens and thriving nature reserves. Blending refreshing natural landscapes with areas rich in history, this collection of walks takes you away from the hustle and bustle, and transports you into London’s rich past.

Here are five routes that will lead you up hills, along canals, through ancient woodlands, and around deer parks. As well as showcasing London’s green spaces, the routes are also filled with historical interest, from Victorian railways to significant graves and stately grounds.

All five routes lie within the perimeters of London, demanding no real transport efforts or planning. For a family day out to an enchanting deer park, follow the Bushy Park Circular Walking Route. If you are looking for a longer riverside amble, go for the Lea Valley Hike.

Whichever route you choose, you're guaranteed a peaceful escape!

Hampstead Heath Circular Route
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Hampstead Heath Circular Route

London
1 - 2 hrs
6.5 km
125 m
127 m
A stroll around Hampstead Heath and surrounding historical gems, including a very famous pub.
Easy
Private
Lea Valley Hike
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Lea Valley Hike

1 day +
83.5 km
333 m
446 m
A 53-mile route following the River Lea from its source at Leagrave all the way into the heart of London.
Moderate
Private
Parkland Walk
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Parkland Walk

London
6.1 km
133 m
83 m
Amble along the old railway from Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace, through London’s longest local nature reserve.
Easy
Private
Bushy Park 5-Mile Circularn Route
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bushy Park 5-Mile Circularn Route

London
8.7 km
17 m
17 m
Explore one of London’s eight royal parks, famed for its roaming herds of red and fallow deer.
Easy
Private
Sydenham Hill Wood to Dulwich Village
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Sydenham Hill Wood to Dulwich Village

London
1 - 2 hrs
6.8 km
95 m
113 m
A 4-mile trail with many different chapters: ramble through ancient woodlands, stroll along Victorian railroad tracks, and wander around grand palace gardens.
Easy
Private