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.
- Travel planning
- Walking app
- Walking routes
- Walking groups
- Themed walks
- How walking can improve your health
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 [pdf, 181.09Kb] - Hackney Marshes, Clapton Common, Millfields, Springfield Park and more
- walk 2 - South Hackney's green and open spaces [pdf, 196.66Kb] - Shoreditch Park, Hoxton Community Garden, St. Mary's Garden, Haggerston Park and London Fields
- walk 3 - Hackney's canals and southern borders [pdf, 203.73Kb] - Well Street Common, Victoria Park and more
- walk 4 - Hackney's northern parks and nature reserves [pdf, 203.09Kb] - Clissold Park, Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington Common and Springfield Park
- walk 5 - Green chains and open spaces - Mare Street to Lea Valley [pdf, 177.21Kb] - St. Johns Churchyard, Clapton Square, Hackney Downs, Clapton Pond and more
- walk 6 - Circular - Hackney Marshes and adjacent green spaces [pdf, 181.89Kb] - Mabley Green, Wick Woodland, Hackney Marshes, East Marsh and Daubney Green
Ramblers' walking routes
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 [pdf, 1.66Mb]
- Haggerston to Hoxton walk [pdf, 862.04Kb]
- Hackney Marshes and Kingsmeade walk [pdf, 1.24Mb]
- Woodberry Down and West Reservoir walk [pdf, 1003.67Kb]
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 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.
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.
Before your walk
Before taking part in any of our walks, you must complete our outdoor health questionnaire. You can either print it, complete it and take it with you, or complete it online.
Weekly walk round Clissold Park
Meet outside Clissold House cafe, within Clissold Park (ground level), N16 9HJ. Leader: Rita Saha. Moderate intensity.
Fit 4 Health slow paced walk
Tuesdays, 1pm-1.45pm, Clissold Park, N16 9HJ
A free specialised walk for people recovering from, or at risk from, stroke or TIA and people with mobility issues.
Weekly walk round London Fields
Meet at the Hackney Town Hall steps, Mare Street, E8 1EA. Leader: Lynne Thorburn. Moderate intensity.
Monthly walk around Hackney Downs park
Second Thursday of the month, 11am-11.30am
Meet outside Hackney Downs pavilion, inside the park, Downs Park Road, Hackney E5 8NP. Leader: Cliff Gully. A slow paced, beginners' walk.
Start and ends at Leaside Trust (bottom of Springfield Park on river Lea), Spring Lane, London E5 9HQ. Leader Dorothy Luke.
A whole body exercise using specially designed poles, Nordic walking can lower the risk of chronic illness, is suitable for people with joint problems and can be used to tone muscle and lose weight. Poles provided but you're welcome to bring your own. Attendance is on a first come, first served basis.
£2 per person - this is to cover equipment costs.
Free guided walks (generally 1½ hours) delivered over easy to moderate terrain. The walks are delivered at various locations and cover a range of historical and topics of interest.
Places are limited, so booking is essential. Please secure your booking by 5pm on the Wednesday before the date of the walk.
Finsbury Park Festival walk
Sunday 18 June, 11am - 12.30pm, starting at The Happy Man pub, 89 Woodberry Grove, London N4 2SB
A special walk to tie in with the annual Finsbury Park Festival of Cycling. From urban history to Mother Nature, there's more to Woodberry Down than you might think. Walk with us as we discover its different layers and environments, before finishing at a free festival celebrating another form of exercise. Finishes at Finsbury Park, London N4.
Hackney Markets Old and New
Saturday 1 July, 11am - 12.30pm, starting at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, 13 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF
Explore the famous Ridley Road Market and take a brisk walk through the ages to the new Well Street Market, to see how markets are still bringing communities together. Finishes at Well Street, London E9.
Pocket Parks and Hidden Dalston
Sunday 16 July, 11am - 12.30pm, starts outside the main entrance of Britannia Leisure Centre, 40 Hyde Rd, N1 5JU
See the city's green spaces as we take a stroll along the back roads, hearing stories of Hackney past and present. Finishes at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, 13 Dalston Lane, London E8 3DF.
Hampstead Heath - Parliament Hill and Poetry
Saturday 12 August, 11am-12.30pm, Gospel Oak Overground station, Gorden House Road, London NW5 1LT
Check out one of the best views in London and explore the back streets of village Hampstead. See the home of Keats and the treasure house of one of London's famous architects (exteriors only).
My Hackney - Millfields
Saturday 16 September, 11am-12.30pm, outside Madina Mosque Trust, 2a Lea Bridge Road, Clapton
Clapton hosts mosques, churches and synagogues. Explore its history and diversity, followed by a visit to the Middlesex Filter Beds nature reserve and finish at East London's new Overground station.
My Hackney - Black History
Sunday 1 October, 11am-12.30pm, outside Hackney Central Library/Museum, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
Discover and enjoy a walk which covers ancient African civilisations, Black history of food, Hackney Black People's Defence Committee, Operation Spanner, Maurice Bishop, Black victorians, Olaudah Equiano, Black scientists and inventors, and more.
My Hackney - Black History
Sunday 29 October, 11am-12.30pm, outside Dalston C.L.R James Library, Dalston Lane, E8 3BQ
This walk takes you on a journey where you will hear about Centerprise, 4 Aces, National Front, Mr Newmont, World War 2, the Commission for Racial Equality, Colin Roach and more.
Tuesday 31 October, 6.30pm-8pm, Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, 13 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF
Take a walk around Dalston and hear some ghostly tales of Hackney then finish up at the legendary Eastern Curve Garden pumpkin display. Come dressed up if you dare.
My Hackney - Stamford Hill
Sunday 12 November, 11am-12.30pm, Stamford Hill Overground station, Amhurst Park, N16 5AG
Explore the northern edge of Hackney, an area rich in cultural diversity. Come up the old stagecoach route (A10) and hear of the exploits of Dick Turpin as we find out which famous people have resided in the area over the last few centuries.
My Hackney - Woodberry Down
Saturday 17 March 2018, 2pm-3.30pm, The Happy Man pub, 89 Woodberry Grove, N4 2SB
Discover more about the estate that was the biggest social housing scheme in Europe and is now one of the UK's largest regeneration projects. Hear some urban history then find out what's happening with Mother Nature in Stoke Newington reservoirs.
Alternative walks organised by our partners
If you'd like to do one of the below walks, please contact the walk organiser in advance.
Hackney Diabetes Centre walks
Mondays, 10-11.30am and Wednesdays, 2-3pm
Meet at Homerton University Hospital, Hackney Diabetes Centre, Homerton Row, E9 6SR. Call Jarka or Ripan on 020 8510 5920/5341.
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.
Workout while you walk
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 Walking Together programme.
- Sharon Simmonds' story [pdf, 1.41Mb]
- Ruth Carew's story [pdf, 701.81Kb]
- Abdullah Agirbas' story [pdf, 364.81Kb]
How are you?
Take the One You ten minute health quiz to find out your health score.