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Walks and walking groups
Walking can be faster than other methods of travel, with no sitting in traffic or waiting for a bus, and it’s free.
You don’t have to walk the same route that you would normally drive – you’ll probably find quieter side streets and paths more pleasant or you could walk through a local green space or park.
Just 10 minutes brisk walking a day can help keep you healthy.
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At busy times, it might be quicker to walk than to take the bus or train. TfL have produced a map of station-to-station walking times to show journeys that could be quicker walked, such as between Hackney Central and London Fields stations.
Personalised travel plans
If you’re looking for help to plan a regular journey in Hackney, contact us for a personalised travel plan with a series of travel options for a regular journey to work, school or the shops, and all the information you need to get started. Our professional travel advisers can help you to get fit and save money – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Active 10 app tracks your walking and shows you when to increase your pace to benefit your health. The app is designed to quickly and simply help you do more brisk walking in bursts of 10 minutes, known as Active 10s. It tracks all your walking and rewards your progress.
Walkingtogether is our programme of weekly and monthly walks around Hackney.
Please arrive 5 minutes beforehand and wear comfortable shoes. You’ll be asked to complete a registration form before participating. All walks are free.
Hackney Diabetes Centre walks – anyone with diabetes can join
Mondays, 10-11.30am and Wednesdays, 2-3pm (please arrive 15 minutes early) – new members, please arrive half an hour early to register.
Meeting point: Homerton University Hospital, Hackney Diabetes Centre, Homerton Row, E9 6SR. Leader(s): Diabetes Lay Educators. Intensity: varied.
We check walkers’ blood glucose levels before and after the walk. For more information call the Diabetes Lay Educators on 020 8510 5920 / 7875.
Tuesdays, 1-2pm, moderate intensity
Meets outside Clissold House, inside Clissold Park (at the bench at the bottom of the slope near the pond), Greenway Close, N16 9HJ. Hosted by Rita Saha.
Fit 4 Health slow paced walk
Tuesdays, 1-1.45pm (April to October), Clissold Park, N16 9HJ
A free specialised walk for people recovering from, or at risk from, stroke or TIA and people with mobility issues.
Wednesdays, 12.15-1pm, moderate intensity
Meets at Hackney Town Hall steps, Mare Street, E8 1HH, hosted by Lynne Thorburn.
Moderate intensity. Meet at Stamford Hill Community Centre, Stamford Hill Estate, N16 6RS.
The walk is held in partnership with the Shoreditch Trust. If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please contact Jo Williams on email@example.com or 07584 604 242.
Low to moderate intensity. Meeting place: New Kingshold Community Centre, E9 7JE. Delivered in partnership with the Shoreditch Trust.
If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please contact Teresa on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07584 598 086.
Free guided walks (generally 1½ hours long) delivered over easy to moderate terrain. The walks are delivered at various locations and cover a range of historical and topics of interest.
Every effort will be made to accommodate attendees, but places are given on a first come first served basis. We recommend booking. Please book by 5pm on the Wednesday before the date of the walk.
Before your Walkingtogether walk
Before taking part in any of our walks, please complete a registration form:
Walk leader training is aimed primarily at volunteers who want to lead community walks, and is run where there is an existing Walking for Health scheme.
Training is free of charge; however we do ask that you give a minimum of 2 voluntary hours on completion of the course. This can be as a walk leader/assistant leader of your own community walk or as part of the Council’s existing Walkingtogether scheme. We are looking for volunteers who are friendly and approachable, enthusiastic, punctual and reliable.
The walk leader training day covers: a demonstration of a health walk, the benefits of physical activity and how to lead a walk. To be eligible you must be over 16 years old. To apply:
- complete the sports coaching booking form using course ID 00, and
- read our terms and conditions and return as instructed
- next training session: Wednesday 8 April at Hackney Service Centre, E8 1DY
A regular 10 minute brisk walk can make you feel better in many ways – it can boost your energy, clear your head and lift your mood, and can help people with lower back pain or at risk of high blood pressure. It can also improve your long-term health as it can reduce your risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Brisk walking is simply walking faster than usual, at a pace that gets your heart pumping. Start with a 10 minute brisk walk a day and then see if you can gradually build up to more. Find out more about how brisk walking can keep you healthy and get support to get started.
You can read about three Hackney residents to find out more about the benefits of walking and the ways that walking can help with your health and wellbeing. They all participate in the Walkingtogether programme.
How are you?
Take the One You ten minute health quiz to find out your health score.
Hackney parks walks
The Hackney parks forum have created a series of maps of walks through a number of Hackney’s parks and open spaces (including walking distances):
- walk 1 – River Lea to Stoke Newington– Hackney Marshes, Clapton Common, Millfields, Springfield Park and more
- walk 2 – South Hackney’s green and open spaces – Shoreditch Park, Hoxton Community Garden, St. Mary’s Garden, Haggerston Park and London Fields
- walk 3 – Hackney’s canals and southern borders– Well Street Common, Victoria Park and more
- walk 4 – Hackney’s northern parks and nature reserves– Clissold Park, Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington Common and Springfield Park
- walk 5 – Green chains and open spaces – Mare Street to Lea Valley – St. Johns Churchyard, Clapton Square, Hackney Downs, Clapton Pond and more
- walk 6 – Circular – Hackney Marshes and adjacent green spaces – Mabley Green, Wick Woodland, Hackney Marshes, East Marsh and Daubney Green
The Ramblers have designed some walks through Hackney’s parks.
Wild Walks guide
Hackney Wild Walks is our new walking guide for children, with 3 fun walks around the borough. Walk from Haggerston to Hoxton to see a giant snake and a mysterious stone circle; discover hidden playgrounds and the perfect spot for flying a kite on the Hackney Marshes route, and encounter wizards and open water in Woodberry Down.
- Hackney Wild Walks – full guide
- Haggerston to Hoxton walk
- Hackney Marshes and Kingsmeade walk
- Woodberry Down and West Reservoir walk
The Wild Walks guide was produced as part of the Get Hackney Healthy campaign, supported by the Council and its partners, designed by, and inspired by the book Rocky Rambler’s Wild Walks, courtesy of Colin Shelbourn.
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. The route passes through Hackney’s Clissold Park and Springfield Park. See Walk London for more information.