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.
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 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
You can also see our walks connecting Hackney's parks and open spaces [pdf, 604.05Kb]
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.
Weekly walk round Clissold Park
Meet outside Clissold House cafe, within Clissold Park (ground level), N16 9HJ. Leader: Rita Saha. Moderate intensity.
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
Starts 12 January 2017. 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. Attendence is on a first come, first served basis.
There will be no Nordic walking sessions on 5 or 12 April.
Monthly themed walks
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 and people who have booked are given priority.
Before taking part, you must also complete our outdoor health questionnaire [pdf, 107.19Kb] .
Saturday 11 March 2017, 11am
Discover Hoxton and surrounds and its history of entertainment on this walk to Hoxton Hall and then northwards to De Beauvoir via Shoreditch Park. We'll hear about Victorian pleasure gardens, thriving theatre pubs and the De Beauvoir Estate as well as the area's most infamous political radical visitors. Meet at Hoxton Overground station E2 8FF.
Sunday 18 March 2017, 11am
Discover the hidden gem of Green Flag award-winning Springfield Park. Once occupied by the Romans and the Saxons, it now supports a wide range of wildlife and is a site of ancient geological interest. We'll hear about its flora and fauna and how it supports modern day Hackney in more ways than you might imagine. Meet outside Springfield Mansion café, London E5 9EF.
Before your walk
Before taking part in the Walkingtogether scheme, you must complete our outdoor health questionnaire:
- print the outdoor health questionnaire [pdf, 107.19Kb] and take to your first session
- complete it at your first session
- or complete it online
Alternative walks organised by 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.
Walk leader training
We also provide training for volunteers who want to lead community walks. Find out more about walk leader training.
Just 10 minutes' brisk walking a day can help keep you healthy. Regular brisk walking can, help manage weight, reduce blood pressure and reduce the risk of serious illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and cancer. It can also reduce stress and improve how you sleep.
Walking at this speed will make you feel warmer, breathe harder and make your heart beat faster than usual, but you should still be able to carry on a conversation. Find out more about how regular brisk walking can help keep you healthy.
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.