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Walking about town is a great way for kids of all ages to keep fit and take in the sights and sounds of London life.

Swapping the bus or car for a short walk is one of the easiest ways to build activity into daily life – and given London traffic, walking often saves time too!

Another great thing about living in and around Golborne is that some of the finest parks and landmarks of London are right on your doorstep.

Health Walks

Organised by RBKC’s Sports and Physical Activity Development Team (affiliated to Walking for Health), these volunteer-led health walks are free and open to all. Parents with babies and small children can push the buggy along whilst chatting to new friends.

K&C North:
Canal Grand Union walk (90 minutes): Explore the quieter walkways of North Kensington.
Day: Monday, Time: 10.30am to 12 noon, Meeting Point: Front entrance foyer in Sainsbury's, Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5AA

K&C Central:
Holland Park (60 minutes): Enjoy this beautiful park in the heart of London.
Day: Thursday, Time: 10.30 to 11.30am, Meeting Point: outside the Holland Park Café, Holland Park, Ilchester Place, London W8 6LU

Brompton Cemetery (30 minutes): A peaceful walk where world famous past residents are laid to rest.
Day: Wednesday, Time: 10.30-11.00am. Meeting Point: Old Brompton Road entrance, SW5 9JF (There is also an optional extended 45 minute walk available)

Kensington Gardens (60 minutes): Explore the setting for Kensington Palace, and the birthplace of Queen Victoria.
Day: Friday, Time 10:30 to 11:30am. Meet at the Kings Arms Gate (High St. Kensington)

K&C South:
Battersea Park (90 minutes): Walk along the river to this historical park and back.
Day: Tuesday, Time: 10.30am to 12 noon, Meeting Point: Pavement area beside Cadogan Pier at the junction of Chelsea Embankment and Albert Bridge.

For further information on Health Walks, contact the Sports Development Officer on 020 7938 8182 or sportandleisure@rbkc.gov.uk.Footprints illustration

It might be quicker on foot!

We have created a map to show rough walking times between key child and family friendly venues that are in and around the North Kensington. Pick up your free copy in local libraries, Children’s Centres and community centres across the North Kensington area or download it as a PDF (to view this digital edition you will need to have the latest version of Flash installed). You can also request a copy by emailing road.safety@rbkc.gov.uk.

Walking time map for North Kensington

Walk with your Community Champions

The local Community Champions lead a gentle walk through Wormwood Scrubs on a Tuesday between 11am and 12.30pm. They meet at Dalgarno Community Centre and everyone is welcome including parents with buggies.

Contact Teresa on 020 8969 6300 for more information.

Ideas for family days out

There are lots of great places for a family day out within walking distance from GolbornePushchair.

Here are some suggestions of places that you can walk to in an hour or less from Golborne. Or if you want to get there a bit quicker you can always cycle, scoot or get a bus (part of the way!).

Holland Park  is around a 30 minute walk from Golborne.

Holland Park is Kensington and Chelsea’s largest park, with children’s play facilities and large areas of woodland to explore. There are also tennis, football, cricket and netball facilities, as well as health walks and other activities.

Holland Park also houses the Ecology Centre. Visit the Ecology website for more information or call 020 7602 2226 to book sports facilities in the park.

Walk along the canal all the way from Golborne to Regent’s Park (takes about an hour).

Walking along Regent’s Canal allows you to see some lovely areas of London, from the colourful narrowboats at Little Venice basin in Maida Vale, to Regent’s Park itself where the canal runs past the large aviary in London Zoo. Once you get to Regent’s Park there are plenty of activities including a fantastic playground at Hanover Gate with a timber tree house area and a large sandpit. Visit the parks website for more information.

Hyde Park is about a 45 minute walk from Golborne.

You can enjoy the Diana Memorial Playground which has a huge wooden pirate ship. If you want to swim outdoors on a sunny day then why not head to the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park? The Lido is open between May and September and has a main pool and a paddling pool for the little ones. Prices from £1.10 per child.

Visit the website for more information.

Why not go a little further into Kensington and enjoy one of the museums?

The Science Museum  has lots of space for kids to run around and fascinating interactive exhibits, including “Who am I?” where children can explore what science has to say about what makes you. Entry is free.

The Natural History Museum  is a five minute walk away from the Science Museum and is also free. With lots more space to walk around and fascinating things to see, including the famous dinosaur exhibit, fun escalator ascent into the centre of the earth and the ground-shaking earthquake simulator.

The Victoria and Albert Museum  is across the road from the Natural History Museum and well worth a visit. There are performances every Saturday and there are regular family activities and events where children can pick up a design challenge and bring their ideas to life.

Why walk?

Walking is great exercise!

Did you know that everyday walking is good for you? Walking is one of the easiest ways to build more physical activity into day to day life. Any brisk walk over 10 minutes counts – whether it's to the shops, to school or walking the dog.

Walking is good for bones and muscles and builds stamina. It boosts your immune system and can help to beat stress. It also burns calories - in fact a brisk walk burns the same amount of calories as a run over the same distance. Here are some top walking tips from Change4life:

  • Walk to the next bus stop on from the one you usually get on at.
  • Take the stairs instead of the lift.
    When it’s local, walk. Whether it’s grabbing some milk, picking up the kids or something you get delivered locally, pick it up instead.
    Get up and go for a walk before or after dinner, instead of vegging out.
    Walk to school.

Change4life have more walking ideas and tips, including links to organisations that can help you plan a family friendly walking route. 

Want to know where to walk or know how long a walk you do regularly is? Walk4Life can help you to find a walk near you, create a map and design your very own walking challenge.