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 groups
- Walking routes
- 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 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.
Meets outside Clissold House, inside Clissold Park (the bench at the bottom of the slope near the pond), Greenway Close, N16 9HJ, on Tuesdays, 1-2pm, hosted by Rita Saha.
Every second Thursday of the month, 10.30-11.15am
Meets outside Hackney Downs Pavilion, Downs Park Road, Hackney E5 8NP. Slow to medium pace. Hosted by Kusum Gohil.
Health Coach walks
Thursdays, 2pm, 18+
Low to moderate intensity. Meeting place: New Kingshold Community Centre, E9 7JE. If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please contact Teresa on email@example.com or 07584 598 086.
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.
Meets at Hackney Town Hall steps, Mare Street, E8 1HH, Wednesdays, 12.15-1pm, hosted by Lynne Thorburn.
Starts and ends at Leaside Trust Spring Lane, London E5 9HQ. Hosted by 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.
No Nordic walking sessions on 22 and 29 August.
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.
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.
Hackney Marshes discovery walk
Sunday 22 July, 2pm-3.30pm, start and end meeting point: Hackney Marshes Centre Hackney Marsh, Homerton Road, London E9 5PF
Celebrate London National Park City Week here on the famous Hackney Marshes. Rich in nature, social and industrial history, it's a place loved by sportspeople too. Join us on a walk in East London's green stuff to enjoy the eclectic heritage of the marshes. Wander through time through the woods, hearing about highwayman legends, industrial firsts and biodiversity. There's a lot to discover right at home as we celebrate London's unique green spaces. Tea and coffee will be provided to participants at the end of the walk.
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 - anyone with diabetes can join us
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.
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.
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.