Walking and cycling in Hackney's parks
Cycling in parks
We encourage responsible cycling in our parks; cyclists must consider other park users when riding on public paths:
There is cycle parking in many of our parks and a Barclays Cycle Hire docking station in Shoreditch Park. Sustrans has information on cycle routes that run through our parks.
See our main cycling section for more information about riding your bike in Hackney, or download a map of Hackney's cycle routes (PDF, 811KB).
Hackney parks walking routes
The Hackney Parks Forum have created a series of leaflets mapping walks through a number of Hackney's parks and open spaces. The leaflets include information about the parks, walking distances and helpful maps - just follow the links below to download them.
Walk one: River Lea to Stoke Newington (PDF, 181KB)
Parks covered: Hackney Marshes, Clapton Common, Millfields, Springfield Park, Wick Woodland, East Bank West Bank Nature Reserve, Allens Gardens, Middlesex Wharf Filter Beds Nature Reserve
Walk two: South Hackney's green and open spaces (PDF, 196KB)
Parks covered: Shoreditch Park, Hoxton Community Garden, St. Mary's Garden, Haggerston Park, London Fields
Walk three: Hackney's canals and southern borders (PDF, 203KB)
Parks covered: Well Street Common, Victoria Park, Wick Woodland, Hackney Marshes, Mabley Green
Walk four: Hackney's northern parks and nature reserves (PDF, 203KB)
Parks covered: Clissold Park, Abney Park Cemetary, Stoke Newington Common, Springfield Park
Walk five: Green chains and open spaces - Mare Street to Lea Valley (PDF, 177KB)
Parks covered: St. Johns Churchyard, Clapton Square, Hackney Downs, Clapton Pond, Millfields, Springfield Park
Walk six: Circular - Hackney Marshes and adjacent green spaces (PDF, 181KB)
Parks covered: Mabley Green, Wick Woodland, Hackney Marshes, East Marsh, Daubney Green
You may also be interested in reading about walks connecting Hackney's parks and open spaces (PDF, 604KB).
The Walking Together programme offers a range of walks which take place in parks within Hackney. The walks are suitable for all ages, especially those who are beginners to exercise, feel unfit or are over 50. The walks take between 30 and 60 minutes and are led by a qualified health walks leader and first aider. All are welcome.
Ramblers walking routes
The Ramblers have designed a number of routes through parks in Hackney.You can download details of their walks from the Get Walking website.
The Capital Ring is a surprisingly green route that encircles London. The total distance is 125km (78miles) threading together parks and open spaces, mostly following pleasant residential roads in between. In Hackney, the route passes through both Clissold Park and Springfield Park. Visit the Walk London website for more information.
As part of the Olympic legacy, a new walking and cycling route has been developed that guides people through Hackney to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The route starts in Finsbury Park and passes through Clissold Park, Hackney Downs and Victoria Park.
Page updated: 9 Jul 2013