Derek HarwoodThe Leisurely Walks Group has half-day walks of up to three miles.

Group Coordinator: Derek Harwood (click to contact)       

We will start with one walk each month on varying days of the week. If there is enough support and others are prepared to lead some walks, we will then increase the frequency.


All walks will be fairly local but with some public transport (to the start or from the finish).

Since Spring 2018 iU3A has had a Leisurely Walks group (in addition to the current Shorter and Longer Walk groups). This group offers a monthly half-day walk (on different days of the week) of up to three miles. The pace is leisurely, with pauses along the way. The start and end points are easily reached by public transport and are in the Freedom Pass travel zones. Some walks are local, e.g. Clissold Park and the New River path; others are sometimes further afield, e.g. Trent Park. The walks may feature river or canal towpaths, parks and nature reserves, while others may be more urban and explore a London 'village’. They are ideal for members who like gentle outdoor exercise at a slower pace than the existing walking groups. If you are interested in joining this new group please use the email link above to advise the Group Coordinator or join online through the Members' System ('Beacon') here.

Our experience of running walks has suggested a few common-sense guidelines, to ensure everyone’s enjoyment and safety on our walks. You can see them here.

We won't have sign ups per walk you can just turn up on the day. But if you are late we won't be expecting you so we won't wait for you.

Our Next Leisurely Walks
The programme of walks will also appear in the Members' System (ie 'Beacon').

Full walk details including meeting points and times will be available a week or two before the walk. You'll be able to see them (and print them if you like) from a link on this page. Where it says 'Details here', click on 'here' when it is highlighted in blue.

Wednesday 06 February — Two Cathedrals: this walk will take in Southwark cathedral and St Paus cathedral. It will be the usual length, about 2 ½ miles, and take in many sights en-route. There will be stops for coffee and lunch. Full details here. As always — just turn up on the day if you want to come on this walk.
Tuesday 12 March — details to be published later.

If you want to volunteer to lead one of these walks (help will be provided regarding the admin etc) please use the contact link at the top to drop Derek an email.

Recent Walks
Our recent walks have included:
  • JanuaryRegents Park: this was an easy stroll on a cold but bright sunny day, which was possibly why record numbers took part. The ‘secret’ St John’s Lodge garden was a new discovery for many of us and the gardeners there were a fund of interesting information. We were glad to see hints of spring in the aconites and snowdrops and even early narcissi. We may have seen a flock of winter-visiting fieldfares too, but didn’t have binoculars to make sure; however, we definitely saw Egyptian geese and herons — no binoculars necessary for those!
  • St Pancras WW! memorialNovemberAround King's Cross: this was a 2¾ miles stroll around the new developments of King's Cross. We started by exploring the artworks at St Pancras, including the brand new WW1 war memorial (pictured) listing the quirky job titles of the railway workers it commemorates. From the station, we headed across to the Francis Crick Institute for a warming coffee stop before visiting St Pancras Old Church and its cemetery, spotting memorials to Sir John Soane and Mary Wollstonecraft as well as Hardy's Tree — a peaceful contrast to the bustle of the station. Over the canal bridge to the King's Cross development, where the sun sparkled on the mirrors of Gasholder Park and warmed us as we ambled through Coal Drops Yard. The new Thomas Heatherwick-designed roof connecting two Victorian warehouse buildings looked stunning, drawing the eye upward to the cloudless blue sky. We finished with a short walk along the canal to Granary Square, with plenty of ideas for when we revisit the area on a warmer day. Details here.

  • October Kenwood to Gospel Oak. This was a very pleasant walk in autumn sunshine through Hampstead Heath and around Parliament Hill, ending up at Gospel Oak Overground station. Details here.
  • September Finsbury Parkland Walk. Details here. The walk started at The Highgate Café which we all agreed served very good coffee for an excellent price. We then set off to the entrance of the Parkland Walk which was only about 100 metres downhill. Everyone immediately felt relaxed in such a pleasant green “avenue” of trees. This walk is on the the old railway line, which in the 1930s was never converted from steam. There is still evidence of platforms and bridges but these blend well into the Parkland setting. Today’s leisurely walkers set a cracking pace and with a pleasant environment and good conversation it didn’t seem long at all before we were at Finsbury Park, which we skirted, to finish in the back walled garden of Lara’s Café for a snack/lunch and a final chat.Parkland Walk
  • August Bethnal Green to Hoxton. Details here.
  • July — Kensal Rise. Details here.
  • June — Regent's Canal. Details here.
  • May — Finsbury Park to Woodberry Wetlands. Details here.
  • April — Highbury Fields to Finsbury Park. Details here.


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