It’s a surreal time we’re all living through right now. There are so many small things we took for granted, and so many of those revolve going outside! Even though we’re in a lockdown at the moment, we are still allowed to go for a walk or run once a day. You can try and make the best out of a bad situation, and use it as a chance to rediscover London. Of course, while being safe and sticking to the rules.
Why don’t we start with something positive: what can we do once the lockdown is lifted? So many people will want to get out and breathe some fresh air after being stuck inside for so long. There is something incredibly soothing about being near the sea, so a coastal trip should definitely be on your radar. Travelling to Brighton from London is straightforward, and makes for a lovely day trip. Give yourself something to look forward to once this is done.
The Queen’s Walk
If you live in the heart of London but never get to appreciate the sights due to the tourists, you should think about doing the Queen’s Walk. You can experience the city in a way you never will again: when London’s streets are completely empty. The Queen’s Walk takes you from Westminster Bridge, along the South Bank of the Thames, and you pass by some of London’s most iconic sights.
The Captial Ring walk is divided into 15 different parts so it covers a wide expanse of London. You can look into which section is nearest your neighbourhood and make it your daily walk. Depending on which part of the city you live in will change your scenery. Some highlights of this walk include Horsenden Hill, Richmond Park, and the Grand Union Canal.
The Wandle trail has plenty of opportunities for you to find some nature amongst city life. There’s plenty of green spaces and even art specially created for the route. With it being so quiet at the moment, you may even get to some local wildlife as you go. Like with all of these routes, remember to stick to your local area. If you don’t live nearby, you can save them for another time. If there wasn’t a walk in your local area, now is the perfect time for you to get researching and perhaps discover an entirely new part of your neighbourhood.
This is a strange time for us all right now. It’s important that you make the most of your opportunity to go outside, as the fresh air can do wonders for both your physical and mental health. Take a deep breath and remember this isn’t forever. Where do you think you’ll go when lockdown is done?
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