Walking is one of the simplest activities you can start to improve your health. Research has shown that the benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day can help you reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, improve blood pressure and lower the risk of obesity, osteoporosis and types of cancer.
The borough of Richmond upon Thames has 260 public rights of way and five walking routes promoted with signs and leaflets including parts of three strategic walking routes.
There are three major walking routes through the Borough:
The Thames Path National Trail follows the greatest river in England from its source in the Cotswold hills to the sea. Passing through peaceful water meadows, unspoilt rural villages, historical towns and cities, and finally through the heart of London to end at the Thames Barrier in Greenwich.
Richmond Park hosts part of the Capital Ring - the ring completely encircles inner and central London. An arrangement between London's 33 councils, the City of London Corporation and the Greater London Authority. It's agood walk, even if you only follow the Richmond section.
The London Outer Orbital Path (LOOP) is made up of 24, mostly flat or gently sloping sections, its combination of beautiful open spaces like Hainault Forest Country Park and Bushy Park, historic buildings (Hall Place and Black Jack's Lock & Mill).
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