London: discover hidden gems


Go for a Walk About and discover hidden gems.

One of the greatest joys of heading out for walk is the anticipation of what you might find on the way; a spectacular secret view, a hidden historical ruin or perfect picnic spot. Here are some of our favourite group walks in and around London.

 

Glorious views from Stave Hill - Sunday 27 May 2018


Rotherhithe is an area of London known for its shipbuilding past and full of historic buildings, yet just a short stroll from Canada Water station it has a hidden secret… Along the peaceful Albion Channel, rising out of what was originally marshland is Stave Hill, a 30-foot high artificial green mound in Stave Hill Ecological Park. A gentle climb up the hill with reward you with offering unexpected and fantastic views over the city.


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A pub fit for a highwayman - Thursday 31 May 2018


Just south of Covent Garden but before the Strand is a pub with a long and colourful past – The Marquis, a highlight of this five mile wander looking at some of London’s historic pubs. Dating back to Charles II’s reign, its notorious patrons included highwayman Claude Duval - apparently captured here whilst propping up the bar. Its current name comes from General John Manners, the Marquess of Granby, who gave £200 to any officers and soldiers wounded in his service to open a tavern and name it after him. In the 19th century Charles Dickens was another illustrious customer. 

 

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A patch of countryside deep in London - Sunday 3 June 2018

 

A group of steep hills rises above the Brent valley in northwest London, tall enough to command views across the built-up area. Horsenden Hill is an astonishing remnant of countryside deep in London: a green oasis of woodland, parkland and meadows still maintained by the traditional local industry of hay-making, rising to an airy summit. This walk includes the contrasting Harrow-on-the-Hill, now built-up but with a character of its own, and a stretch of the Grand Union Canal Paddington Arm.

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An unexpected oasis - Wednesday 30 May 2018

 

Starting from Woldingham by the North Downs, this leisurely walk leads you to an unexpected oasis. Although it’s still within the M25 and just a few miles south of Croydon, the peaceful Marden Valley wouldn’t look out of place in rural Dorset or the Cotswolds – a little slice of rural paradise a stone’s throw from the city. 

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