Limited daylight and wintry weather doesn’t mean your hiking plans have to go into hibernation. With a little forward planning and an early(ish) start, the following hikes can easily be completed from London in a day.
London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries are famous for their ornate mausoleums, famous inhabitants and their sheer size. Recently I visited one of the least visited of the Magnificent Seven, Nunhead Cemetery, to see for myself what made these cemeteries so appealing for visitors to London, and found a place that had almost entirely been reclaimed by nature.
We have our first guest blogger (or should that be vlogger?) over on AmorExplore – please welcome Sam from WorldHikingVlog! Sam is a London-based adventurer, who travels around the world in search of new and exciting destinations to explore on two legs. This week, he brings us his explorations of one of London’s more wild pockets – Richmond Park. Over to you Sam!
Whether you’re a country bumpkin at heart, or you’re a simply feeling a little jaded with city life, there comes a time when every Londoner looks beyond the M25 for a little adventure. If you have neither the funds nor the time to jet off however, there are a load of adventurous activities in London on your doorstep that are waiting to be discovered. Take a look at my A-Z guide below! Continue reading
Ever wandered past an abandoned underground station, and wondered what it would be like inside? Or seen a station you didn’t recognise in a film, and wondered where they shot it? With Hidden London, you need not wonder anymore. Each year, this group organises select dates where urban explorers can wander and learn about the history of some of London’s abandoned underground stations and historical buildings.
This year marked the opening of a new tour, around the old abandoned Highgate station. Once a vital stop on the Great Northern Road and later tipped to be an important commuter interchange station, a series of unfortunate events led to it being abandoned and reclaimed by nature. But now, Hidden London are letting people view this urban wilderness for the first time in years.
As any outdoor-loving Londoner knows, it can be hard to escape into the outdoors from the city, particularly when you’re reliant on public transport.
So when I found a website with loads of day hikes, all within easy reach of a London train station, I knew I had to share the joy.
A couple of months ago in the last fading rays of summer light, I made a resolution to maintain my summer cardio fitness levels year-round. No more excuses of evenings getting dark too soon, or Christmas festivities getting in the way, this year I was going to make sure I stayed at peak, all-round fitness 365 days a year. And in that spirit, I signed up for the Osteoporosis Society’s 10k run around Hyde Park on Saturday. Continue reading
Anniversaries aren’t usually spent covered in chalk and sweating up a boulder, but with sunny skies such a rare occurrence in London these days, you take every opportunity you get to enjoy the outdoors. Continue reading
One of the perks of my job is that once a year I get to take a day off work for volunteering. This time I was particularly lucky to take the opportunity to volunteer at the Lavender Pond Nature Park with The Conservation Volunteers.
I used to live quite close to this area, and for years I would gaze with intrigue into its gates, wondering what lay behind the old pumphouse and how to access those bridges on the pond. So when the opportunity to finally quell my curiosity arose, I pulled on my boots, tied up the hair and pulled on a pair of garden gloves, ready to get stuck in. Continue reading