Please see below the programme of off-the-peg walks and special events
Pre-booking essential as groups limited to 15 maximum – contact Diana to book or join the email list for regular updates.
  • Walks last approx. 2hrs. Small groups – Maximum size 15 but often around 10.
  • Price normally– £15/£20, of which 50p goes to a nominated charity* (payment on arrival at walk).
  • Walks go-ahead in all weathers, and however small group size (as long as you have booked by Friday evening for Sunday walks, or 24hrs before for Saturday + weekday walks). Late cancellations may have to be charged.
  • All walks led by Diana Kelsey.
  • See the Winter programme (January – March 2020) 
  • *2020 Donations to Brain Tumour Research, in memory of Diana’s brother who died in 2015.  Charity No. 1153487. Also to SolarAid, who provide solar power to some of the remotest regions of the world. Charity No. 1115960.


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NEW – Weekday Walks – 2 Options

OPTION 1 - You chose the walk and date – click here for the full list of walks – and guarantee 6 participants (Cost £20 per head).  The walk will then be added to the programme of Upcoming Walks and additional walkers will be recruited.
Please note: with sufficient notice I will also do these walks at weekends

OPTION 2 - Book a private walk – minimum 11 @ £20 per head (special rates available for registered charity groups).

Do not hesitate to contact me to discuss – DiaKelsey3@aol.com or 07973 316 102

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Friday 3 January

WALK ENTIRE REGENT’S CANAL from Paddington to Limehouse. Full day 11 miles + pub lunch

Blow away the excesses of the Christmas festivities with this 11 mile walk along the whole length of the Regent’s Canal.  Apart from being a great walk for winter with no mud (!) it gives you a really different perspective on London.  Built in 1820s to link the Grand Union Canal to the London Docks on the Thames, it now provides a truly varied canal-side walk, from the picturesque and elegant Little Venice and  Regent’s Park, Camden Lock, new canal-side developments, to 60s East End housing estates and Victoria Park – the East End’s rival to Hyde Park. The canal disappears underground at Islington, the only part of the walk along streets.  After Islington we rejoin the canal and stop for lunch at the Narrow Boat canal-side pub, www.thenarrowboatpub.com . The walk ends by the Thames at the Limehouse Basin with its panoramic view of the Thames, westwards to the City and Eastwards to the towering glass monoliths of Canary Wharf – particularly atmospheric at dusk.

STARTS 9.00am – Paddington Mainline Station; meet under old clock on platform 1

Minimum 7 to go ahead. Maximum 12 as tow path is narrow

Cost: £25 per head – coffee/lunch extra

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Sunday 12 January

THE ILLUMINATED RIVER (+ early supper  near London Bridge) ***Repeat by popular demand***

A riverside walk to look at the first 4 bridges to be illuminated in a major new public art project ‘The Illuminated River’. The first 4 bridges -  Southwark, Cannon Street and London Bridges as well as the Millennium Bridge have been lit up. Eventually it is planned to illuminate 15 crossings from Albert to Tower Bridge, which will make it the longest public art commission in the world.  Floodlighting enhances aspects of buildings you never see by day – the dome of St Paul’s seems to float!  So we will look at other buildings along the way in literally ‘a new light’.  The walk will end on the South side of London Bridge, where those who want can have an early Sunday supper @ 6.45pm at Taz Turkish/Anatolian restaurant Borough High Street. 

STARTS 5.00pm – Blackfriars Tube

Ends Borough High Street (nearest Tube London Bridge)

Minimum 7 to go ahead

Cost: £20 per head – supper extra

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Sunday 19 January

BEDFORD PARK – LONDON’S ARTISTIC SUBURB? ***New***

In 1875 cloth merchant turned property developer Jonathan Carr purchased 24 acres of land in Chiswick to create an enclave of well-designed houses to attract like-minded people who were interested in arts, culture and aesthetics.  It was inspired by the ideals of men such as Ruskin and William Morris. With magnificent houses many designed by Norman Shaw set in leafy streets, Bedford Park  became the haunt for the artists, poets and followers of the Aesthetic movement, and the increasingly wealthy middle class of late Victorian London.  It declined in the mid 20th c. and was threatened with demolition, but was saved thanks to John Betjeman and the nascent Victorian Society and is now one of London’s most sought-after suburbs.  This is a walk for both those interested in domestic architecture as well as those who just enjoy looking at grand houses in a leafy and quiet environment.  We will end, for those who would like, in the Grade II* listed Tabard Pub, designed by Norman Shaw and still with elements of its original Arts and Crafts interior – including Walter Crane and William de Morgan tiles.

STARTS 2.00 pm – Turnham Green Tube (Ends here too)

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Sunday 2 February

NEW BUILDINGS OF THE CITY – THE POST BREXIT EFFECT  

If Boris is to be believed this will be day 2 of the brave new post-Brexit world.  If you are feeling worried and depressed about London’s future, or conversely if you are celebrating, come on this walk and be encouraged. I was an ardent ‘Remainer’, but as I guide round the City I am buoyed by the sheer scale of redevelopment and the confidence of the City and its foreign investors.  Despite the many cataclysmic events that have shaken the City to its foundation – sometimes literally – such as the Great Fire and the Blitz, sometimes economically such as the end of Empire, Big Bang, the City has always found a way to survive and succeed.  Brexit is yet another of these events.  In response the City has developed a new strategy that focuses on promoting London and the City in particular as a great place to live and work.  For the first time residential complexes are being developed, the City is planning a ‘Culture Mile’ bringing art, culture and creativity into the square mile, old medieval alleyways and courtyards are being opened up, and yet more skyscrapers are being built and planned.  This walk may be nearer 2 1/2 hrs and will cover more distance with shorter stops, to give you a real flavour of the ‘new city’ rising to the challenge of life post Brexit.

STARTS 2.00pm – St Paul’s Tube – Exit 2 – outside Café Nero

Ends by Lloyds building Leadenhall Street

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Sunday 1 March

LONDON’S STATUES AND SPRING BULBS (We hope!) ***New route***

London is full of imposing statues and memorials which in our busy lives we just rush past, or they just become part of the street scenery.  Statues are not only great works of art (at least some are!) but they also allow me to tell fascinating stories of the people and the events commemorated. Have you noticed the new Battle of Britain Memorial,  the controversial Bomber Memorial in Hyde Park, the new memorial to Women of both world wars, or the one to a Prussian’s pooch!’ Do you know what Queen Alexandra was reputed to have said on the death of her philandering husband Edward VII…it was witty and not very complimentary!  Come on this walk and find out.  The walk will concentrate on the statues in and around the parks of central London, which should be full of spring colour.

STARTS 2.00pm – Embankment Tube – Villiers Street Exit

Ends Hyde Park Corner

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Sunday 8 March

BOW AND THE EAST LONDON SUFFRAGETTES. To mark International Women’s Day (+ gastro-pub Sunday lunch)

Butting onto the now regenerated Olympic Park, Bow, the furthermost area of the original East End of London, still retains its rather down-at-heel East End atmosphere.  It was one of the most deprived areas of London in the early 20c. and was where in 1906 Sylvia Pankhurst was sent by her mother Emmeline to continue the fight for votes for Women.  The working women of East London, who sweated and slaved in the grim factories of London’s East End were already no strangers to political strife and dissent (we will pass the Bryant and May factory, site of the famous match-girls’ strike of 1888). Lead by the increasingly militant Sylvia they formed the break-away ELFS (East London Federation of Suffragettes).  Although much has changed in Bow, the back streets still have traces of Sylvia Pankhurst and her East London Suffragettes.  I hope through this walk to trace their story.  It’s also an interesting way of exploring this less frequented area of the East End.  We will end at the Morgan Arms gastro-pub for a late Sunday lunch @ around 2.00pm. www.morganarmsbow.com

STARTS 11.30am – Mile End Tube ( Central, District + Hammersmith + City Lines). Meet for coffee/loo from 11.00 in Costa under green bridge – turn left out of tube….100m on left

Minimum 7 to go ahead

Cost: £20 per head – lunch extra

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Sunday 22 March

EXPLORING HACKNEY  – HAGGERSTON…Where? + early supper in one of London’s original Vietnamese Restaurants

This is one of a series of walks I’ve developed to explore Hackney, one of London’s most historic, diverse and fast-changing boroughs.  To quote Tom Dyckhoff in the Guardian ‘Haggerston has a modish and interesting in-between-ness’, to the north Dalston and the south Shoreditch and Hoxton. First mentioned in the Domesday book it remained rural until the building of the Regent’s Canal in 1820 attracted the furniture trade.   Towering over the Victorian terraces are massive neo-gothic Victorian buildings – churches preaching the gospel to the burgeoning poor, baths to cleanse the body and libraries to ‘cleanse’ the mind.!  The walk is varied from the grade I listed 1715 Geffrye Museum, to reopen in summer 2020 as ‘The Museum of the Home’, a 60’s Erno Goldfinger building and 60’s council estates, a City Farm on the site of Victorian gas-works,  to 21st c. canal-side developments. In 1975 Haggerston became a centre for Vietnamese Refugees. Being enterprising people they set up restaurants in the area and we will end with an early supper in one of them that still gets 5 stars in reviews and still reflects the ‘street food’ culture of the original.

STARTS 3.30pm – Hoxton Overground Station

Ends 5.30pm back at Hoxton

Minimum 7 to go ahead

Cost: £20 per head – supper extra

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