Free health and history walks
Learn about Islington’s fascinating history on a free guided walk: last Friday of the month
Islington Council will once again be offering a series of free health and history walks in local parks throughout 2024, in partnership with Islington Guided Walks.
Stroll at a gentle pace and appreciate some of Islington’s finest green spaces, while hearing about the borough’s fascinating local history. All walks are on the last Friday of every month, with an 11am start. A poster will be displayed in the park a week before the walk, with details of where to meet.
Friday 26 January, 11am
Highbury Fields, N5 1AR (meet at the Boer War statue)
From pleasant pastures to urban idyll: discover Highbury Fields and some of the surprising residents who have lived there.
Friday 23 February, 11am
Dartmouth Park, N19 5JT (meet just inside the Dartmouth Park Hill entrance)
Enjoy a gentle guided walk around Dartmouth Park reservoir and admire the panoramic view across London.
Friday 29 March (Good Friday), 11am
Newington Green, N16 9PS (meet by the statue of Mary Wollstonecraft)
Discover an historic area with connections to writer, philosopher and women’s rights advocate Mary Wollstonecraft and writer Daniel Defoe.
Thornhill Square and Barnsbury Wood
Friday 26 April, 11am
Thornhill Square, 107 Bridgeman Road, N1 1BD (meet outside West Library, on the corner of Bridgman Street and Thornhill Square)
Encounter a Square that isn’t square, a series of sphinxes, a sporting suffragette and a secret sylvan wilderness.
New River Walk
Friday 31 May, 11am
Duncan Terrace, N1 8AL ( meet opposite St John the Evangelist church, in the gardens)
Join for a walk along a river that’s been supplying Londoners with fresh water for more than 400 years. Meet opposite the Wallace Road entrance to New River walk.
St James’s Church Gardens and St John’s Garden
Friday 28 June, 11am
St James’s Church Gardens, Sans Walk, EC1R 0LT (meet in the arden, left of the St James Church entrance, near the benches)
Take a stroll from St James’s Church off Clerkenwell Green to St John’s Garden and hear about the fascinating history of the area including medieval knights, revolting peasants, mother’s ruin and body snatchers.
Friday 26 July, 11am
Rosemary Gardens, Southgate Road, N1 3UD (meet inside the park gate on Southgate Road that is nearest to Downham Road)
Discover beautiful planting and local history, including an ancient inn, an old cobbled pathway and a lost church.
Elthorne Park and Hillside Park
Friday 30 August, 11am
Elthorne Park, Hazellville Road, N19 (meet outside the boxing club)
Discover the Peace Garden and how these parks were created on the grounds of former workhouses and orphanages.
Joseph Grimaldi Park
Friday 27 September, 11am
Joseph Grimaldi Park, Pentonville Road, N1 9JU (meet by the seating area next to the Cumming Street entrance)
Find the musical Grimaldi sculpture and the grave of Henry Penton who gave his name to the area.
Duncan Terrace Gardens, Colbrooke Row and Regent’s Canal
Friday 25 October, 11am
Duncan Terrace, N1 8AL (meet in the gardens opposite St John the Evangelist church)
Explore the sculptures in the gardens and enjoy a stroll along the canal.
Friday 29 November, 11am
Market Road, N7 9PL (meet by the clock tower)
Discover how a meat market became a second hand market and made this area world famous.
Whittington Park Christmas walk
Friday 20 December, 11am
Holloway Road, N19 4RE (meet by the topiary cat, inside the Holloway Road entrance to the park)
A family walk exploring the traditions of Christmas and the story of Dick Whittington.
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- Islington Assembly Hall
- Volunteering in Islington
- Playground equipment for disabled children
- Four accessible activities in Islington parks
- Women’s football
- Community gardening in Cally Park
- Five things to do in parks
- Islington Borough Ladies FC football sessions
- Islington walking and running routes
- Five ways to explore Islington on foot
- Tufnell Park Market
- Whitecross Street Market
- Camden Passage
- Stroud Green Market
- Exmouth Market
- Archway Market
- Islington Farmers’ Market
- Chapel Market
- Nag’s Head indoor market
- Nag’s Head open-air weekend market
- Free accessible sports
- Over-55s men’s club
- Free fitness classes with Healthy Generations
- Health and history walks
- Park cuppa
- Best parks for… water fun
- Free swimming lessons
- Free upcycling workshops
- Dementia-friendly Islington
- Upper Street Market
- Winter reading challenge
- Islington Together
- Finsbury Winter Warmers
- Free health and history walks
- Drop-in community gardening
- Three ways to… keep kids active
- Finsbury Park Singers and Finsbury A Capella
- Free Friday lunchtime recitals
- LGBTQ+ History Month
- City and Nature Challenge
- Junior parkrun
- Spine Festival
- Talk with Peter Carty
- Alternative Book Fair, London
- Free repair and upcycle events in March