Public transport has very much taken a back seat this year, as the coronavirus pandemic has led to a rise in the number of people opting for a leisurely stroll or a cycle.
As a nation, we’ve found a renewed love of walking and getting outside in general – particularly after being cooped up inside for a considerable amount of the year.
To honour this reignited passion for getting out and about on foot, Transport for London has launched a new walking map which spotlights some of the ‘most interesting’ streets in the capital.
The key takeaway is that the map focuses on making a journey as memorable as possible, rather than making it the fastest route.
The Footways map has been developed in collaboration with London Living Streets and serious effort and research has gone into it.
The team spent 18 months in total walking throughout the capital and interviewing local experts to find the very best routes.
Stretching across the whole of Zone 1 and some of Zone 2, the map covers key areas such as Covent Garden, Soho, Waterloo, Islington and Kensington.
Some standout parts of the map include Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell – a semi-pedestrianised street which is home to a delightful selection of restaurants and bars – as well as The Cut in Waterloo – a road which is home to the Old Vic and the Young Vic theatres.
The map also provides options for Soho’s various passages, as well as routes for walking along the River Thames – on either side.
Numerous green spaces and parks also feature on the map, including Regent’s Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and St James’ Park, with the best routes for travelling through them highlighted.
Emma Griffin, from London Living Streets, said: ‘In 1854, nine years before the arrival of the Underground, 400,000 people walked into and out of the City of London every day.
‘Londoners still love to walk, of course, but we walk much shorter distances than our predecessors. The Footways routes will ensure longer walks become an everyday habit again.’
Free maps will be handed out in central London but it’s also available to view online here.
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