Beat the crowds to the Paralympics

London 2012 Led Walks

A London 2012 led walk along the canal from Mile End during the Olympics (image credit: Lorraine Dawes)

The nation is gearing up for another series of sporting spectaculars as the Paralympics draw closer, and you can stay one step ahead on a London 2012 led walk.

Over 50 free led walks to London 2012 venues in the capital and Weymouth in Dorset will take place throughout the Paralympics from 29 August to 9 September, including walks to the opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympic Park.

Led by experienced Ramblers walk leaders, the walks offer the chance to explore the areas surrounding the sporting arenas and enjoy the social atmosphere of a group walk as well as getting walkers to events safely and on time.

Open to both ticketholders and those simply wanting to soak up a bit of Games atmosphere before they are over, the walks also take in the ExCel Centre, Greenwich Park and North Greenwich Arena in London as well as the sailing at Weymouth.

The led walks follow on from a successful programme during the Olympic Games which also included walking routes to Eton Dorney in Buckinghamshire and Hadleigh Farm in Essex as well as a host of other Games venues in London.

“Hundreds of people have benefited from taking part, from local residents to visitors from all over the world” said Simon Barnett, Director of Walking Programmes and Promotions at the Ramblers. “They’ve taken in the local history and surroundings in the company of our experienced volunteer walk leaders.”

“What is great is that the high quality route cards that have been created for these walks will become part of the legacy left by the Games” added Simon. “They will be available to download so that people can continue to explore the areas on foot in their own time.”

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