There are over 4,500 trees to explore on the walk: from the rarest native British Black Poplar to the Maidenhair tree, a living fossil tracing back 270 million years to the time of the dinosaurs.
The park also provides stunning gardens and beautiful landmarks, such as the Chinese pagoda located on the West Boating Lake.
It is also the host of various events, from races and Sunday markets to music festivals. If you want to find out more about what the area has to offer, check out our blog on things to do in Hackney.
2. The Line, East London (around 3hr, nearest stations: Stratford / North Greenwich)
Get your dose of culture and walk The Line this summer, where you’ll discover sculpture displays from Alex Chinneck, Abigail Fallis and Eduardo Paolozzi.
Following the Meridian Line and running between the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to The O2 on the Greenwich Peninsula, The Line is London’s first modern and contemporary art walk.
As you walk along the foreshore of the Thames, keep an eye out for a slice of reality, by Richard Wilson, which is an eighth-sliced vertical section of a sand dredger.
Artists such as Abigail Fallis and Damien Hirst attempt to combine art and science in their artwork. DNA DL90 consists of a spiral of 22 shopping trolleys in the shape of a helix.
As you continue walking towards the O2, you will spot a 35-metre upside down electricity pylon by artist Alex Chinneck, which casts a shadow on the ground, reminiscent of a sundial.
There are plenty more sculptures to discover as you walk The Line through East London and its waterways. If it takes your fancy, spend a lazy summer afternoon exploring some of the most unique outdoor art that London has to offer.
London’s largest urban wetland and a prime wildlife-spotting spot, Walthamstow Wetlands’ Touchstone trail will take you on a historic journey, whilst also offering one of the best summer walking and cycling routes.
Along the walk, you’ll find the Marine Engine House, dating back to 1894. It was originally constructed to pump clean water to millions of Londoners between 1894-1904.
Now refurbished to maintain its industrial feel, it provides educational space, a gallery, a visitors centre and a viewing terrace overlooking the three 19th-century hand-dug reservoirs.
Recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the 10 reservoirs, which are still operational, offer a sanctuary for various birds, mammals and invertebrates.
With around 54 wetland bird species identified, including sparrowhawks and kestrels. Walthamstow Wetlands is a wildlife haven. So don’t forget to look up.
It also offers seasonal events and activities throughout the year. So why not visit the London Wildlife Festival this summer?
5. Epping Forest
And for our final East London summer walk, we recommend exploring the rich and diverse history of Epping Forest.
Standing on the border between London and Essex, Epping Forest is of national and international conservation importance. It’s a recreational haven of natural landscapes along a 12-mile stretch.
Made up of more than 50 district areas, a detached portion of Epping Forest is located in East London’s Snaresbrook. This is a lovely location for angling, walking and boating in Hollow Pond.
Why not take a walk up three of the highest points around Yates Meadow, Yardley and Pole Hill for stunning views of the city? Or you could explore Waltham Abbey, where Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was first performed.
Best Summer Walks in East London
Whether you’re looking for a fun family day trip, romantic walks or just somewhere to enjoy the summer sun with friends, East London offers some of the best summer walks.