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Tower Hamlets Health Walks Programme

The Tower Hamlets Health Walks programme is known as Walk Tower Hamlets. There are currently eight walking groups across the Borough, all based at local health or community centres. These weekly walks typically last about 60-90 minutes, ending back at the centre, and some of the groups also have monthly walks using the DLR to explore further afield.

Why walk?

Walking regularly is a simple, accessible way to get some exercise and enhance your health. It's free, easy to do and provides many health benefits. For example, it can help you control your weight, and reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, stroke and high blood pressure. It’s also a great way to relieve stress, become more confident in exploring the neighbourhood, and meet new friends. Walking is the cheapest, most environmentally friendly means of getting around. If you live in the Tower Hamlets area, you may well be surprised by how easily and quickly you can walk around. In fact it’s often as quick to walk as it is to catch a bus or sit in traffic in your car.

To find walking directions visit Walkit. You can also increase the time you're willing to walk for by using the TfL Journey Planner.

walkingHow much?

For good health and wellbeing adults should aim for 30 minutes of activity (including walking briskly) on 5 days a week. Children should undertake 60 minutes of activity a day.

How fast?

Walking briskly means walking at a pace where you're a little out of breath but can still hold a conversation, but you couldn't sing a song!

Walking at a good pace most people will cover at least 1.5miles in 30 minutes.

How many calories?

Everybody is different and calories burned depends upon your walking speed, the terrain, your weight, metabolism and a number of other factors but walking a mile will burn off around 100 calories.

walkingWalking further afield in London

London has a great variety of walks that you can do in your leisure time.

The London LOOP is almost like an M25 for walkers, but much more scenic. The Capital Ring is a surprisingly green inner circle of London. Both paths are broken into short stages all accessible by public transport.

Taking in Tower Hamlets are also the Lea Valley Walk, Jubilee Greenway and the Thames Path. Free maps and directions for all of these routes can be downloaded from Walk London, though the routes are mainly well waymarked.


  • Walk Unlimited - national walking organisation
  • Walk London - oversees the Strategic London Walking Routes
  • The Ramblers - national walking organisation, campaigns and group walks
  • Living Streets - national walking organisation campaigning for better walking environment and organising workplace walking
  • Change4Life walking website - it is very important for children to walk and get their recommended 60 active minutes. Have a look for ideas and tips on getting the whole family walking more.
  • Walk East - a social enterprise in Tower Hamlets offering photo-walks, heritage walks and other walk-based projects to local residents and community groups
  • Walking Britain - 20,000+ pages of free walks to download, photos, maps, accommodation and equipment.
  • National Trail - long distance footpaths and bridleways in England and Wales, administered by Natural England.