Category: Walks

Kingsland to Newington Green

This walk planned for  Saturday, 4th July, 2020 at 11am has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. Along the western fringes of  Hackney, this walk takes you from Kingsland to Newington Green, going through four ancient parishes. Once the hunting ground of kings, we finish in an area that became a hive of ‘seditious’…
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London Fields

This  walk planned for  Saturday, 27th June, 2020 at 11am has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. Follow an ancient trackway out of Hackney to hear about the ‘common land’ of London Fields, one of London’s few remaining Lidos, the first Jews in Hackney, 18th century asylums for the mentally sick, the Regent’s Canal,…
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Hackney Downs

This walk planned for  Saturday, 13th June, 2020 at 11am has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. Bounded betwixt Clapton, Dalston and Shacklewell, Hackney Downs, the highest piece of open ground within 4 miles of central London, has, like other parts of Hackney, its own history to tell. Once ‘common land’, in its environs were…
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Upper Clapton

This walk will take place on Saturday, 30th May, 2020 at 11am. Climb to Hackney’s highest point. Along the way we will take in Stoke Newington Common, Clapton Common, Hackney’s oldest surviving Church, see inside the former Agapemonite Church, now London’s Georgian Cathedral,  and finish by admiring the views from Springfield Park. Duration : 2.5 hours Cost:…
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Haggerston

This walk will take place on Saturday, 16th May, 2020  at 11am.  This walk tells the history of Haggerston, the northern-most and once the most rural, undeveloped, part of the ancient parish of Shoreditch. The walk will also go along Columbia Road, in neighbouring Bethnal Green. What was Mr Fairchild’ Mule? How was Haggerston Park created? See…
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South Hackney

This walk take place on Saturday, 25th April, 2020 at 11am. This walk follows the development of South Hackney, always the poshest part of Hackney. It will be co-led by Sean with Laurie Elks, champion of Hackney’s heritage for 40 years plus and long-term resident of South Hackney. Duration: 3 hours Cost: £10 (£8 concessions) – pay…
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Rhodes Town

This will take place again on Saturday, 18th April, 2020 at 11am. This walk investigates how the Rhodes family (of Cecil fame) developed their Dalston estate, west of London Fields, into Hackney suburbia from 1807 into the 1870s. The walk focuses on the building process, the Rhodes family, the domestic architecture, the careers of some of the…
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Homerton

This walk will take place on Saturday, 28th March, 2020  at 11am. Stretching along a ridge sloping down to two rivers, Homerton was once the wealthiest and most populous part of Hackney. Home to dissenters and paupers, its social decline was brought about by the coming of industry, railways and hospitals. Duration : 2¼ – 2½…
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HEART OF HACKNEY

The Heart of Hackney Walk will take place in 2020 on: Saturday, 29th February at 11am. Saturday, 21st November at 11am Trace Hackney’s heritage from Saxon settlement to city borough, with its rich diversity forged by 400 years of immigration from all over Britain and various parts of the world. The walk will include a visit…
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Hoxton

This walk will take place on Saturday, 22nd February, 2020 at 11am  Take a walk through the Town Squares, Mad Houses and Music Halls of Hoxton.

HOXTON NEW TOWN

This Hoxton New Town Walk will take place in 2020 on: Saturday, 7th March at 11am Saturday, 12 December at 11am This longer walk will tell you about the westernmost part of today’s Hackney, where, from the beginning of the 19th century, open fields used by Londoners to practice their archery skill was built up as Hoxton…
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DALSTON

Th Dalston walk will take place in 2020 on: Saturday, 25th January at 11am Saturday, 5th December at 11am An ancient hamlet of Hackney, Dalston developed, east of the Roman’s Ermine Street, from farm settlement to market gardening to brick fields to built-up suburbia by the 1860s. While still rural, Dalston was home to smart big…
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De Beauvoir

This walk will take place on Saturday, 17th October, 2020 at 11am. De Beauvoir is unique in Hackney, with its stuccoed 19th century villas more reminiscent of London’s West End. Typical of Hackney, the area offers a walk of contrasts, revealing a tale from medieval manor to today’s loft apartments and trendy eateries, taking in…
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Shacklewell

The date of this walk is Saturday, 26 September, 2020 at 11am This walk starts off in Dalston and takes you through Shacklewell to end at West Hackney Church on Stoke Newington Road. Shacklewell, with its village green, is a forgotten village of Hackney. Hear about the part it played in the development of Hackney, growing…
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Stoke Newington

This walk will take place on Saturday, 12th September, 2020 at 11am Walk through a “misty looking village of England”, discovering Stoke Newington’s story from before 1066 with its two churches (Tudor village and Victorian suburb), one of London’s most delightful parks, with natural and man-made rivers, to the quiet, urban woods of Abney Park Cemetery….
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Shoreditch

This walk will next take place on Saturday, 22 August, 2020 at 11am Today, forming southern Hackney, bordering the City of London, Shoreditch was one of London’s first suburbs. Its theatres witnessed the first-nights of Shakespeare’s early plays, a theatrical tradition that continued into the 19th century. Another association was with the furniture industry. The borough became…
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NEW WALK – Tracing Loddiges

This  NEW walk will take place on Saturday, 8th August, 2020 at 11am. This walk takes you through Frampton Park, telling the story of Loddiges along the way and taking in Well Street.  

Stamford Hill

This walk planned for  Saturday, 25th July, 2020 at 11am has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. A bit like the Duke of Yorks’s men, this longer walk will be taking us up Stamford Hill and down again, tracing its place in Hackney’s history and the different types of people who have lived and passed…
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LOWER CLAPTON

The Lower Clapton Walk  will take place in 2020 on: Saturday 11th January at 11am Saturday 7th November at 11am Discover the history of Clapton, one of Hackney’s hamlets; visited by revolutionaries and royalty; home to writers; where Garrick performed; refuge for orphans. Duration : 2.5 hours Cost: £10 (£8 concessions)  – pay on the day Start: Abney Park Cemetery Gates, Stoke Newington High St, London,…
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