A green walking network for London: bringing nature closer to people


Whether it’s in a local park, along a canal towpath or down local streets filled with trees and parklets, walking in green space makes us healthier and happier. The COVID-19 pandemic – and lockdown – has changed our attitudes to green space. We are appreciating nature more and value our local green spaces more than ever. So many of us are relying on our local paths and parks as places to de-stress, get moving or catch up with friends and family.

Creating new green routes

We know that access to green space varies – in our recent report The Grass Isn’t Greener For Everyone: Why Access To Green Space Matters only 57% of adults said they lived within five-minutes’ walk of green space – be it a local park, nearby field or canal path.

We believe that everyone, everywhere should have easy access to high quality green spaces close to where they live (defined as within a five-minute walk from home). Creating new nature-rich green walking routes is a vital part of that.

A Ramblers manifesto for the next mayor of London

So we want to make it easier for every Londoner to enjoy walking in nature. That’s why in our manifesto we’re calling on the next mayor to commit to creating six new green walking routes for London. These new routes would provide walking links between green spaces, create greener streets and help revitalise the network of existing routes such as the Capital Ring and Thames Path.

You can help us by persuading the next mayor to help more Londoners access nature as part of their daily lives by creating six new routes across London.

Please write to the candidates today>>>

Please only write to the candidates if you reside in London. If you live elsewhere please check our 2021 elections page for further details of what we're doing to increase access to nature in your area.