Walking is the easiest way to become more active. It is a simple and free method to improve your mental and physical health and can easily be added into your daily routine.
When travelling for work or leisure, we encourage residents to complete all or part of their journey on foot. Often, this may save time while being vital for both your physical and mental health. 17% of car trips in Ealing are under 1km which you can walk in less than 15 minutes at a leisurely pace.
Phone map apps and Transport for London’s Journey Planner allow you to plan your walk showing you footpaths and quieter side streets, offering useful advice on routes and walking events near you. You can use these as a base to travel across the borough, allowing you to enjoy your daily recommended walk on less polluted roads and through some of our parks and green spaces.
Community groups offer local guided walks and you can join nature walks in Ealing throughout June and July 2022.
Ealing’s parks and green spaces are fantastic places to walk for fitness and leisure, and to add into your daily commute or school run. Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag awards recognise and reward the best green spaces across the country and there are Green Flags flying over 23 parks in Ealing, which is a record high for the borough. Our parks pages have historical walking guides and maps that you can download as well as suggested routes throughout the fantastic parks in Ealing.
Ealing Council has invested £3m over the past two years in nearly 40 locations to improve footways and walking routes.
We continue to:
- Declutter through removing guard rails and bollards
- Reduce the steepness of footways
- Create new refuge islands to make crossing easier for pedestrians on busy roads
- Improve junctions for pedestrians
- Resolve drainage problems
- Introduce tactile paving to support the mobility of visually impaired people through different pavement design
- Remove obstructive footway parking.