Guest blog: The London Circle Walk


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Guest blog: The London Circle Walk

Posted 20 June 2011 15:36 by martin

Guest blogger Adam Smith of GO Outdoors walks a near-perfect circle around central London (giraffe and all)

One wet and windy Sunday morning in June I was invited on The London Circle Walk and found myself standing on Tower Bridge at 10am, along with a dozen new friends ready to explore the capital.

Surprisingly enough, no-one had been put off by the rain and instead arrived in full waterproof clothing. Which was just as well, because we were in for a wet one!

The London Circle Walk would last for several hours, with a couple of stops along the way and take us through the diverse culture of the capital down all manner of zigzagging streets.

Where there was a fence, we jumped over it. Where there was a brick wall, we walked around it. But the aim was to stick as closely to the line of the imaginary circle as possible.


Like all great ideas, the concept for The London Circle Walk was conceived in a pub many years ago. Inspired by the land artist Richard Long, who was noted for tracing circles and straight lines over stretches of countryside, friends Michael Brunstrom and Tim Wilson devised the route around the capital.

The walk takes advantage of convenient crossing places of the Thames and runs through Camberwell, Stockwell, Chelsea Bridge, Hyde Park Corner, Oxford Circus, Russell Square, Clerkenwell and Moorgate before arriving back at Tower Bridge.


There was plenty of chatter along the route which took us through a rich cross section of life, terrain, architecture and entertainment along with all the sights, sounds and scents of the city.

Even in the rain it was a fantastic experience and on a sunny day I imagine the walk to be even more spectacular. With bus garages, museums, universities, giraffes, a hospital, a high security police station and a theatre along the way, we ran close to the main attractions, but never strayed towards them. Instead we walked, talked and wandered off the beaten track, discovering all kinds of things.

So if you’re tired of walking the same old routes, why not get out for the day and explore another city? Having been on The London Circle Walk, I’d highly recommend it to anyone. Not just to stretch your legs, but to embrace the culture of the city itself and make a few new friends on the journey.

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  1. Kate Burrows says:

    July 14th, 2011 at 11:37 am (#)

    What an interesting route. I will defo be telling people about this 🙂

  2. Adam says:

    October 27th, 2011 at 8:03 am (#)

    This is an amazing article, thank you for posting it. In all of the Walking events I have been to I have never thought to do one in the place where I live… London! This is a fantastic idea and a welcome change from what I usually do. I have some friends coming over to stay with me, so I will definitely pitch this too them as it sounds like a wonderful way to discover London.

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