As we wave goodbye to frosty mornings and welcome the spring months, daily strolls around the capital city are becoming much more desirable. After months of multiple lockdowns (*), why not put a spring in your step this National Walking Day, take a stroll in the fresh air and observe the marvellous views of The Shard. So, grab your dog, friend, family member or even your air pods and get ready see The Shard from all its spectacular angles.
Here are our favourite picturesque walks to spot The Shard:
The Thames Path:
This walk is not for the faint hearted, experienced hikers this is one for you. This long-distance walk trails from the Cotswolds to central London, following England’s most famous river for 184 miles. From the calming countryside to the bustling streets of London, this walk truly has it all. Of course, you’re not expected to walk it all, we suggest you start in Putney, stroll past The Shard and finish at Tower Bridge, an estimated 10-mile walk. When you see The Shard, you know the finish line is in sight! And what a great way to conclude your walk, taking in the famous landmarks of Tower Bridge and The Shard.
Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill Circular Walk:
A beautiful 4 mile walk for those of all abilities. Begin in Regent’s Park and wander up Primrose Hill to take in London’s stunning skyline. Once at the top, you’ll be able to see for miles. This picturesque spot is the perfect place to see the Shard amongst other iconic landmarks. As you wander back to Regent’s Park, take in the exquisite flowerbeds in Avenue Garden’s or even rent a rowing boat and join the ducks on the water.
Richmond Park Circular Walk:
Do you want to get away from the concrete jungle and hustle and bustle of London? Richmond Park is the perfect place to take a relaxing hike surrounded by nature. The most well-known hike in the park is known as the Tasmin Trail, an estimated 7.3 miles. Keep your eyes peeled, you may even see deer along the trail if you’re lucky! As your walk comes to an end, you’ll be able to catch your breath at the top of King Henry’s Mound and take in the spectacular views of not only St Pauls Cathedral but also The Shard. Be sure to tag us (@shardview) in any of the photos you post.
The Jubilee Walkway (Eastern Loop):
This 5-mile walk is perfect for those tourists amongst you. As you wander along this path you will see some of London’s most iconic, breath-taking buildings. The walk commences at the Tate Modern and weaves itself throughout the bustling streets of London, ending right outside the St Pauls Cathedral. Be sure to take picture in front of this picturesque building, then glance across the river and spot the tallest building in western Europe, The Shard, it sure is hard to miss.
South Bank Walk:
An evening stroll along the South Bank is the perfect walk to watch the sunset. After sampling the delicious cuisine in the area, wander along the South Bank and take in the atmosphere. Along this 1.5 mile walk you’ll set your eyes on cultural powerhouses such as Shakespeare’s Globe, the National Theatre and Royal Festival Hall. We suggest starting at Southwark Bridge, if you look along the River Thames you’ll spot The Shard towering above the London skyline. You may even spot one of the View from the River cruises, hop on if you fancy!
So, which walk will you be going on this National Walking Day?