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Wednesday 1 September 2004 9.02am
Hi, apologies if this has been discussed before, I've searched on the forum and was only really able to find Ken's new plan for London to be able to "walk friendly" sometime in the next 11 years *cough*. Can anyone advise on a good safe place to walk (away from traffic and "shady characters") in SE1? I know there are several leisure walks and Haunted London Walks, but this is more for keeping fit and will be after work. Many thanks in advance for any advice. :c)
Wednesday 1 September 2004 9.11am
The river bank? No traffic. Plenty of characters, shady & otherwise.
Wednesday 1 September 2004 9.25am
but you have to mind out for bicycles, especially near the Tate Modern ;0)

...if you press it, they will come.
Wednesday 1 September 2004 11.10am
not on the pedestrian footbridge though, surely!?

Wednesday 1 September 2004 11.40am
What pedestrian footbridge? Do you mean the cycle racetrack?

...if you press it, they will come.
Wednesday 1 September 2004 11.47am
Enough, thank you. I think that particular line of humour has been exhausted.

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Wednesday 1 September 2004 12.00pm
[standing in corner] [hands on head] [fingers on lips]

...if you press it, they will come.
Wednesday 1 September 2004 3.16pm

I posted recently about street obstructions because my walk to and from work is thwarted by them.
However, if I walk "out of hours" (before 8.30am and after about 7.30), most of the obstructions are gone.
Its not leafy, but its a fairly straight line (you can get momentum going) and it has some beautiful buildings.

Start at the Elephant & Castle where it meets Newington Butts.
Walk straight up Borough High Street (ok, hurdle over the signs and fridges)

And either turn left at Southwark Cathedral to enjoy the river and stay in SE1

or turn right towards Greenwich (has less people walking in the evening)

or carry over London Bridge and

lovely river walks on both side (but there is traffic)

or straigh into
King William Street
Princes Street
up to Moorgate
end up at Old Street tube where you can tube or bus back to London Bridge/Elephant

the city is lovely to walk around late evening as its so empty

If you (like me) are finding it difficult to navigate Southwark streets then contact
Living Streets
and Southwark Council (Simon Baxter, Client Enforcement Manager) to ask them about their draft Community Environmental Plan and how they intend to accomodate pedestrians.

You shouldnt have to take a bus to a park to have a walk!

Wednesday 1 September 2004 3.44pm
OK, easyrecall, if you insist on bringing this thread back on topic with your relevant and helpful comments, you leave me no choice but .................................................................................

to join in (TFICFTAAA*).

Something I find really useful when planning walking routes is our big A-Z map. It has all the A-Z on one sheet (maybe 3ft x 4ft. ?A1 sized?), costs about a fiver, and you can get it from Stamfords the map shop on the West end of Long Acre (which would make a decent walk from SE1). It's on the wall in the kitchen, and I find cause to look at it almost daily. It's great for routes that go "over the page" on book-format A-Zs, and it's also doing a reasonably good job at curing me of my inability to gauge just how far the river bends in SE1 (always think I'm taking a good short cut but it's seldon the case).

*TFICTAAA is my newly coined abbr. for "TFIC to avoid any ambiguity"

...if you press it, they will come.
Wednesday 1 September 2004 10.30pm
Is Old Street really a safe place to walk in the evening?
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