A walk in the park

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Five ways to explore Islington on foot

It’s National Walking Month, and Islington Council is joining Living Streets in encouraging everyone to celebrate it by walking for 20 minutes each day during May.

Did you know that walking can reduce the risk of a number of preventable health conditions, including certain cancers, depression, heart disease and type two diabetes? It’s also great for our mental wellbeing, and even more so if we do it in a natural environment such as a local park or nature reserve. But not only that, by choosing to walk instead of driving a short distance, you can also help reduce air pollution, congestion and road danger – saving yourself some money and getting active in the process!

Islington’s parks offer lots of guided walks throughout May, and there are also many beautiful walking routes you can follow on your own. Here, we’ve rounded up some resources to help you discover Islington on foot:

Get 20 tips to add 20 minutes of walking to your day
Need some ideas for incorporating 20 minutes of walking into your day? Check out Living Streets’ poster for inspiration to #Try20.

Join a guided walking tour
Check out our event listing to find guided walks taking place in the borough during May – from mindful walks in Islington’s nature reserves, to tours of the clock tower in Caledonian Park.

Explore Islington’s parks on your own
Several parks in Islington – Caledonian Park, Highbury Fields, King Square Gardens, Paradise Park, Rosemary Gardens, and Tufnell Park Playing Fields – have circular walking routes and running markers showing the distance you have covered. New River Walk and Parkland Walk are both beautiful walkways you can take to explore Islington’s natural environment. A Disabled Access guide is available for most of Islington’s parks at accessable.co.uk. Find out more about walking routes in Islington’s parks or head to GoParks London to learn more about each park.

Discover Islington as a place of refuge  
Follow this self-guided tour – initially created for Refugee Week 2020 – to learn about the various situations faced by refugees and economic migrants that have come to Islington. Whether it be to escape war, persecution, or economic hardship, many refugee communities have come to Islington and found a base to start new lives, grow their livelihoods and fight injustice. To celebrate the rich diversity found within our borough, this tour explores the reasons why people have settled in Islington and the valuable contributions migrants have made to our borough. Download the map and find out more about each stop.

See more on the Islington Directory
Want more information? For apps to support your walking, walking groups, and maps showing more historical, cultural and architectural highlights of Islington, check out the Walking in Islington page on the Islington Directory.

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