Guided walks

People enjoyhing a Mencap walk for people with learning disabilities on Highbury Fields

Explore Islington’s parks and rich history with an official guide

Free health and history walk
Sunday 20 November, 1pm
Wray Crescent Park, Finsbury Park, N4 3BH
Join Islington Guide Oonagh for a stroll around Wray Crescent Park on Sunday 20 November, 1pm. Visit the only public cricket ground in Islington, a lovely vegetable garden – named after the first female Black headteacher in the UK, Yvonne Connolly – and a bee-friendly area, while learning more about the musical history of the surrounding Victorian streets: from Soul2Soul, to piano factories. The walk will last around 70 minutes and will end at a local cafe.

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History walk in Spa Fields
Wednesday 16 November, 2 -3pm
Spa Fields, Skinner Street, EC1R 0WX
Did you know that nearly 200 years ago, Spa Fields was the site of protests that sparked disorder across London? Fighting for political reform and votes for all, the protests hit a nerve in the autumn of 1816, with the hardships of the Napoleonic war still waging on Londoners. This short walk will look at the events leading up to the protests, the people involved and what happened during the 24 hours of riotous disorder!

Meet by the picnic tables outside the park office. No need to book, just turn up.

Christmas in Cally Park
Saturday 3 December, 11am–12noon
Caledonian Park, Market Road, N7 9PL
Find out about Christmas cards, mistletoe, holly, Christmas trees and plum pudding on a special Christmas-themed walk around Cally Park. This walk is free and accessible to all, including wheelchair users. The walk starts outside the Clock Tower.

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Monastic heritage walk
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays
On this 90-minute walk, you’ll learn about a hospital that has provided healthcare on the same site for almost 900 years; London’s oldest parish church; a monastery that became a Tudor mansion; a priory with links to Jerusalem, which gave its name to St John Ambulance 800 years later; and a nunnery which inspired the design of one of Clerkenwell’s newest buildings.

The walk will finish at the Clerk’s Well – the site where parish clerks used to perform mystery plays in medieval times and which gave the area its name.

Full details can be found on the Islington Guides website

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