The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is Nature. The benefits of the outdoors and exercise on health and wellness have long been established, but with a year of lockdown now behind us, many more have embraced it as support for their mental health. This is especially important for a city-centre location like Hammersmith, where homes can be small, and personal outside space is often very limited.
Thankfully, Hammersmith boasts some of the best parks, scenery and walking spots in London, and we’re encouraging our locals and visitors from further afield to get out there and get active. H&F council’s Walkwell scheme features social walking groups for health improvement, with maps to download along some of the best routes around. Here are just a few potential stops to visit:
A London tradition, and the perfect way to link the different destinations on your walking journey, a walk along the Thames path takes in some iconic sights. From Hammersmith all the way to Chiswick can take a full day’s stroll, with many picturesque houses, gardens and watering holes secreted away along the route.
Something for everyone, with loads of open space, beautiful flora and plenty of shade (fingers crossed for sunshine!), and amenities from tennis courts and a bowling green, to kids play areas and a pop up cafe to stop and refuel.
A green oasis along the Thames, and just a short walk away from Kings Mall, Furnival Gardens is the perfect summer spot to relax, or to enjoy a well-earned post-walk drink from either the Blue Achor or The Dove. It’s also a great spot to watch the Boat Race, but make sure you’re there early to grab a spot!
One of the borough’s most important public open spaces, Margarine Cemetery is a much used and much-loved piece of quiet and tranquility in the centre of vibrant and busy Hammersmith – perfect for a moment of peace and escape.
For more information and resources please visit the Mental Health Awareness Week website here.
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To access the Kings Mall car park, travel along King Street, go past Primark and turn 2nd right onto Cambridge Grove, follow to the top of the road and turn right onto Glenthorne Road. The Car Park is situated on the right after Leamore Street.
Address for SAT-NAV: Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith, W6 0LJ
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Kings Mall is located in one of London’s busiest transport hubs. Hammersmith tube station is less than a 5 minute walk from the centre offering access to the Circle, District, Piccadilly, and Hammersmith & City line.
There is also a selection of bus stops located in close to the centre offering a wide range of routes and services.