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

For short journeys, walking is quick and reliable. If you want to know how long it will take to walk somewhere, use the walking journey planner or Walkit.

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 movegreener@hackney.gov.uk.

One You Active 10 walking tracker app

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.

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Walking groups


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. 

Clissold Park

Meets outside Clissold House, Greenway, Close, N4 2EY, on Tuesdays, 1-2pm, hosted by Rita Saha and Dorothy Luke. 

Hackney Downs

Meets outside the pavilion, Downs Park Road, E5 8NP, second Thursday of the month, 11-11.30am, hosted by Cliff Gully. 

London Fields

Meets at Hackney Town Hall steps, Mare Street, E8 1HH, Wednesdays, 12.15 - 1pm, hosted by Lynne Thorburn.

    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. 

    Nordic walking

    Wednesdays, 2pm-3.15pm

    Starts and ends at Leaside Trust Spring Lane, London E5 9HQ, Wednesdays, 2-3.15pm, 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.

    The last Nordic walking session of the current term will be on 28 March. The sessions will start again on 2 May.

    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.

    Complete the questionnaire

    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. Please secure your booking by 5pm on the Wednesday before the date of the walk.

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    My Hackney - Woodberry Down

    Saturday 17 March, 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.

    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 (for diabetic patients only)

    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.

    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.

    You can also see our walks connecting Hackney's parks and open spaces [pdf, 604.05Kb] or follow an audio tour of Hackney bringing to life local history and characters.

    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.

    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.

    Capital Ring

    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.

    Exercise made easy - how walking can improve your health

    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.

    How are you?

    Take the One You ten minute health quiz to find out your health score.

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