Introduction: The LOOP Walk
Walking the London Outer Orbital Path (the LOOP for short) is a great way to get to know London better. At nearly 152 miles, some like to think of it as the ‘M25 for walkers’ – but it’s a world away from the motorway and has been thoughtfully divided into 24 well marked, bite-sized stages.
Weaving around the capital the LOOP is mainly on flat or gentle sloping surfaces with only some sections requiring a bit more puff!
The LOOP Walk reveals relics of London’s colourful past from impressive stately residences such as Hall Place to emotive monuments like the Wilberforce memorial to the abolition of slavery. There’s even a shot tower once used to make gunpowder. You don't have to be a military buff to enjoy a Thameside 'graveyard' for concrete D-Day barges or to explore Kenley Aerodrome the atmospheric former war-time air base.
The easy stages allow you to enjoy the route at your own pace. You can pause to indulge in some 'retail therapy' at bustling towns like Kingston-upon-Thames or enjoy a picnic in peace among green open spaces like Bushy Royal Park or along the rivers and canals.