Physical activity

Walking in Newham

Self-Led Walks

Newham has a number of lovely parks and open spaces to explore including a number of self-led walking routes that have been mapped across the following parks to help keep you active. Just follow the leaf signs! 

  • Canning Town Recreation Ground 
  • Central Park 
  • Memorial Park
  • Plashet Park
  • Stratford
  • Royal Victoria Gardens
  • Plaistow Park
  • Beckton District South

You can also find the routes on google maps.

The Line

The Line is London’s first dedicated public art walk. Connecting three boroughs (Newham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich) and following the Greenwich Meridian, it runs between the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2. The Line features an evolving programme of art installations (loans and commissioned works), projects and events, illuminating an inspiring landscape where everyone can explore art, nature and heritage for free.  

The Line - Christine Ohuruogu - Health and Wellbeing from The Line on Vimeo.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Set across hundreds of acres, there’s lots to explore at the Park. To help you make the most of your experience, there are five fantastic trails that give you the chance to take in the many sights and sounds of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Walking Groups in Newham

ActiveNewham are delivering a number of weekly and fortnightly walks led by trained walk leaders and supported by Newham’s volunteers. The free walks take in Newham’s rich and diverse heritage and history, showcasing the old and new, from old town halls and listed buildings, to new infrastructure and progressive developments. Find out where your closest walking group is below:

Walking Yoga
Central Park,  10-11am.  Meeting point at the café

Greenway Gals
Walking Yoga
Walking yoga exercise class with a fun game’s session for children
Saturdays, 1:30pm

Buggy Walking
Mum, buggy & friends social walks
Wednesdays, 10:30am

Both the above sessions will run in the Stratford area in and around the Greenway and the Olympic Park. Booking link -

South Newham Walking Group
Weekly walks exploring Custom House, Plaistow, Royal Docks & Canning Town.

Mondays, 5pm

Meeting point: Shipman Youth Centre, 340 Prince Regent Lane, Canning Town E16 3JH. You must book to join. For more information, please contact [email protected] / 07741 293510.

East Newham Walking Group
Weekly walks across East Ham, Beckton and Surrounds.

Fridays, 11am
Meeting point: Beckton Globe Library, 1 Kingsford Way E6 5JQ

East Ham
Wednesdays, 6pm
Meeting point: East Ham Library, 328 Barking Road E6 2RT

You must book to join. For more information, please contact [email protected] / 07741 293510.

Beckton Social Walk (60+)
Fridays, 11am-12noon

East Ham Social Walk (60+)
Thursdays, 11am-12noon

Green Street Social Walk (60+)
Saturdays, 11am-12noon

Little Ilford Walk
Sundays, 11am

Walk & Chat on The Greenway
Wednesdays, 10-11:30am

North Newham Walking Group.
Weekly walks exploring Forest Gate, Stratford, West Ham and Surrounds. Wednesdays, 6:30pm
Meeting point: Forest Gate Youth Centre, 1 Woodford Road, London E7 0DH. You must book to join. For more information, please contact [email protected] / 07741 293510.

The Line’s Wellbeing Walks. Guided walks discovering wildlife, art and heritage along a stretch of The Line in Newham. 
When: Walks will run on Thursday afternoons from 10th June until 23rd September

  • short walks (20 mins walking time) - will begin at 12pm
  • longer walks (45 mins walking time) - will begin at 2.30pm

Where: Start / finish The Print House, Stratford High Street, E15 and explore The Line each week
They will run in 4-week blocks.

Who: Two types of walks will be running for small groups, to support a range of abilities:

Explorer: medium paced along the waterways, with varied terrain, and time to talk with others (45 mins max walking time)

Ambler: gentle paced with regular pauses to sit, reflect and make conversation (20 mins max walking time)
Walks will be led by a friendly guide and will be Covid-secure.

Why: Improve your fitness and wellbeing.  Discover local art, nature and heritage on The Line.  Enjoy company and free refreshments.

To find out more and sign up, please email [email protected] or call 020 3488 9250. Further details also available at or via your local social prescriber / link worker.