Get a Free Tour of London on a TfL 'Spring Into Summer' Walk
Now that the warmer weather is here (to stay?), and the evenings are lighter, it’s a great time to book a place on one of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) 42 free guided walks taking place in May 2018.
On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May 2018, you can choose from over 25 ‘Spring into Summer’ walks – they’re all fully accessible there’s something for all ages and abilities.
If your family is into history and art, enjoy green spaces and want to be outdoors or are simply after a free activity for the weekend – the walks will cover a variety of fun and interesting themes.
A number of new walks have been introduced, including Urban Tree Trail which provides the opportunity to find out more about how ecosystems are managed in an urban landscape. Curated as part of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s #BehindEveryGreatCity’s gender equality campaign, Suffragette City will explore the Suffragettes’ fight for votes for women and the From Prejudice to Pride walk will delve into the history of London’s LGBTQ+ community.
The weekend’s walks include:
Saturday 12 May 2018
Goodnight Mister Tom
This family-focused walk, inspired by the much-loved children’s book “Goodnight Mister Tom” by Michelle Magorian, tells the story of Willy Beech who is evacuated outside of London during World War II. The walk explores the City of London and hears what life was like for those who remained in the capital during the Blitz
A Sensory + Dementia Friendly Walk
A gentle sensory stroll to learn more about the history, flora and fauna of Dulwich Park. You will learn more about how to support people living with dementia to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors. The walk is primarily aimed at people who have dementia and their carers, friends and family, but everyone is welcome.
Sunday 13 May 2018
#BehindEveryGreatCity Suffragette City
Much of the Suffragettes’ fight for “Votes for Women,” took place in Central London. We will discover where it all happened, as we walk through some of Westminster’s side streets and some famous landmarks including Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, Whitehall & the Houses of Parliament. Participants will meet the brave women who are fighting for the vote and the scheming politicians who are trying to stop them.
Set to be Europe’s largest urban wetland, Walthamstow Wetlands is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It also forms part of the Lee Valley Special Protection Area. Walthamstow Wetlands provides a special home to many species. Here participants will enjoy some peace and quiet whilst getting close to nature, observe birds both resident and rare.
Each walk is led by an experienced Walk London guide equipped to manage groups on trips varying from short ambles up to the lengthiest routes.
To find out more and book your free space, visit walklondon.org.uk.