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PUBLISHED: 15:27 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 09:54 12 August 2010

FREE guided Winter Wanders are to take place at the end of the month in a bid to encourage Londoners to walk more. Transport for

FREE guided 'Winter Wanders' are to take place at the end of the month in a bid to encourage Londoners to walk more.

Transport for London (TfL) is sponsoring guided walks throughout the capital, including Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich, as part of Walk London over the weekend of January 30 and 31.

Walks will take place on London's Strategic Walk Network, a 350-mile route split into a series of small sections.

In Bexley, walks will follow a route from Old Bexley to Jubilee Country Park and take in sections of the London Loop along River Cray and through the Foots Cray Meadow.

In Bromley, there will be a choice of three walks. Routes will take in the Wilberforce Memorial and the Bromley Environmental Education Centre at High Elms or parts of the Green Chain extension and off-limit areas of Crystal Palace Park.

Walk leader Helen Toomey said: "The Petts Wood to West Wickham walk encompasses Roman encampments, the source of the Ravensbourne river and undulating views over inspiring woodland.

"Charles Darwin and Sir John Lubbock lived in the area and researched its flora and fauna, which in 2009 led to its nomination as a World Heritage Site. We'll climb to the remains of the Wilberforce Oak, before concluding the walk in Corporation of London woodland."

Four walks are available in Greenwich, taking in the royal park, Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park and an "Exploring Seafaring London" route.

Ian Bull, who is leading a walk from Charlton Station to Plumstead, said: "We're cherry-picking some of London's most historic locations, ranging from the geological to the industrial archaeological.

"We'll visit the lovely parks around Charlton, with their animals and views over the City, before the Thames Path takes us to the immense industrial achievements in Woolwich. The Thames barrier represents the 20th century followed by a possibly unrepeatable visit, and the first for 96 years, inside the cathedral-like 19th century factory buildings of the Royal Arsenal."

With more than 30 routes to choose from, people can also explore other areas and learn more about the capital. Walks will be led by either professional Walk London or City of London guides and some will have experts on hand to discuss specific landmarks.

For dates and more information on each walk, visit the Walk London website. Each route has sectional free colour leaflets, available to download from www.walk london.org.uk, or by emailing info@walklondon.org.uk or by calling 0870 240 6094.

kate.mead@archant.co.uk

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