Strolling in the city

Diverting London walks along the Thames

The Thames Path runs for 184 miles, from the river's source near Kemble in Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier near Woolwich.

Through London, from Putney to Greenwich, the path runs along both sides of the Thames for some 20 miles. These seven short walks from the 'AA 50 Walks in London' add themed diversions from this part of the great river – Londoner or visitor, you're bound to discover something new.

•  Wetland Birds of Barnes, London Wetland Centre, Barnes
Distance 3¾ miles (6km), Minimum time 1hr 30min
Explore the award-winning London Wetland Centre and join the course of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race (on land).

AA World Travel Library, The Peace Pagoda, Battersea Park

•  Walking with the Pensioners, Sloane Square tube station, Chelsea
Distance 3¾ miles (6km), Minimum time 2hrs
Unusually, this walk goes north and south of the river. It passes through the elegant streets of Chelsea, the grounds of the Royal Hospital, home to the most famous pensioners in Britain, and the green expanse of Battersea Park.

•  Corridors of Power, Westminster tube station to Farringdon tube station
Distance 4 miles (6.4km), Minimum time 2hrs 30min
A look at some of the city's landmarks, from Whitehall through to Smithfield. This walk will alert you to some of the buildings and streets you may be familiar with, and others that you have yet to notice.

•  Bridging the Gap, Westminster tube station
Distance 2¾ miles (4.4km), Minimum time 1hr 15min
A walk along the South Bank, tracing the history of its bridges and highlighting the buildings on the Embankment. The well-trodden route is a favourite for many people as it gives a sense of space in the ever-busy city.

AA World Travel Library, The Royal Observatory, Greenwich

•  Legal Eagles at the Inns of Court, Temple tube station to Holborn tube station
Distance 1½ miles (2.4km), Minimum time 1hr 30min
The compact area between Temple and Fleet Street is home to some fine buildings that survived the Great Fire of London. Soak up the atmosphere of these hidden alleys and squares that featured in many of Dickens' novels.

•  The Flaming City, Monument tube station to Farringdon tube station
Distance 2¼ miles (3.6km), Minimum time 2hrs
The walk traces the route of the Great Fire of 1666. Most of the subsequent rebuilding followed the original street lines. With the new houses came a demand for new furniture, which was excellent news for cabinetmakers.

•  Spending Time Around Greenwich, Island Gardens Docklands Light Railway or Cutty Sark DLR
Distance 3½ miles (5.7km), Minimum time 1hr 45min
Discover more about latitude, the Prime Meridian and Greenwich Mean Time on a walk through Greenwich Park.

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