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
- Volunteer walk leader training
- 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
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.
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.
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. Attendence is on a first come, first served basis.
From Wednesday 19 April, Nordic walking will cost £2 per person. This is to cover equipment costs.
The last session was on Wednesday 29 March. Sessions resume Wednesday 19 April. 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.
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.
Wednesday 17 May, 9.30am-5pm at CLR James Library
The course covers:
- the benefits of physical activity
- identifying barriers to physical activity
- motivating people to walk
- a demonstration of a health walk
- monitoring safety
- how to lead a walk
For more information see Walking for Health walk leader training.
The training is free; but you are asked to give a minimum of 2 voluntary hours after completing the course. This can be as a walk leader or assistant leader with in your own community walk or as part of the Walking Together scheme. This must be verified by the scheme co-ordinator.
To book your training please complete the form and return it to the address on the form.
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.