Walking is one of the easiest ways to be more active, lose weight and get healthier. Regular walking reduces the risk of chronic illness like heart disease, asthma and stroke.
It's also environmentally friendly - short car journeys are the most damaging to the environment as the first kilometre you drive produces 60% more fumes than any other.
- find the best walking route with Walkit's walk planner
- for information and tips to get you walking more use the NHS 10,000 steps programme
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.
No walks will take place between 18 December and 9 January.
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.
Wednesday 2pm-3.15pm (from 18 January 2017)
Start and end point: Leaside Trust (bottom of Springfield Park on river Lea), Spring Lane, London E5 9HQ
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 are welcome to bring your own. Every effort will be made to accommodate attendees, but places are based on first come, first served basis.
These 3 case studies show some of the ways the Walking Together programme has helped Hackney residents:
- Sharon Simmonds' story [pdf, 1.41Mb]
- Ruth Carew's story [pdf, 701.81Kb]
- Abdullah Agirbas' story [pdf, 364.81Kb]
Monthly themed walks
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:
- complete the outdoor health questionnaire e-form, or
- print out the outdoor health questionnaire [pdf, 107.19Kb]
Sunday 29 January 2017, 11am
Wapping has been home to sailors, pirates and
boatloads of maritime history. Take a walk along the dockside and hear some tall tales from the riverside. See where Turner drank and where 'Hanging Judge' Jeffreys was caught. From industrial heritage to social history, the Thames is an ocean of London stories. Meet at Wapping Overground Station, Wapping High Street E1W 3PA.
Sunday 5 February 2017, 11am
Whitechapel is infamous for its residents: Jack the Ripper; the Krays; Stalin. But it's also where the Salvation Army started and is home to a diverse contemporary community. Hear about its dark past and celebrate its present on this walk in the East End. Meet at Whitechapel station, 277 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BY.
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.
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.
Explore Hackney with a Wild Walk
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 Outdoor People, and inspired by Rocky Rambler's Wild Walks, courtesy of Colin Shelbourn
Hackney walking guide
If you'd like a map of walking routes in Hackney please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a whole body workout and cardio-vascular fitness for anyone over 50, see:
Walk leader training
You may also be interested in walk leader training. This course is aimed primarily at volunteers who wish to lead community walks. Find out more about walk leader training
Hackney parks walking routes
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] covers Hackney Marshes, Clapton Common, Millfields, Springfield Park and more
- walk 2 - South Hackney's green and open spaces [pdf, 196.66Kb] covers 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] covers Well Street Common, Victoria Park and more
- walk 4 - Hackney's northern parks and nature reserves [pdf, 203.09Kb] covers 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] covers St. Johns Churchyard, Clapton Square, Hackney Downs, Clapton Pond and more
- walk 6 - Circular - Hackney Marshes and adjacent green spaces [pdf, 181.89Kb] covers 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.
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.