Jubilee Walkway

Jubilee Walkway

Central London

Route: The Jubilee Walkway

Area: Central London

Date of walk: 8th November 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 9.4 miles

Weather: Sunny at first, then light cloud

The Jubilee Walkway route was opened in 1977 and visits some of London’s most iconic landmarks. The walk is 15 miles long and is divided into five sections. Today we were following the first of those sections – ‘The Western Loop

With Paul Simon songs still echoing around in our heads after last night’s show we stepped off the tube at Leicester Square and walked past the National Gallery, which unfortunately hadn’t yet opened for the day. We then walked across Trafalgar Square, along The Mall, around Parliament Square and past the Houses of Parliament, crossing the River Thames via Lambeth Bridge. As with yesterday’s walk, navigation was made easy by discs in the pavement featuring the cross of a crown pointing in the direction of travel

On reaching the South Bank we followed the riverbank path past the brutalist architecture of the Southbank Centre and the National Theatre which I fail to appreciate, sorry to say. We arrived at the excellent Tate Modern and spent a very worthwhile couple of hours before crossing over the Millennium Bridge with its superb views of St Paul’s Cathedral along the way. From there we walked back to the start via Lincoln’s Inn and Covent Garden

It was a great walk, and I hope we’ll be back one day to complete the rest of the Jubilee Walkway

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