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Walking, the best way to see the city?
Hiking often takes the form of a vigorously long walk in the countryside, through beautiful forests, rolling hills and green fields. Conversely, hiking and central London are two mutually exclusive terms, but there is no reason why they should be. London is full of magnificent places to visit, historical artefacts and unique bridges connecting south and north of the city. A fun fact about London is that the great city contains 35 bridges, and these bridges can act as waypoints for hikers. We have included a few of them below that make up our London Six Bridges Appeal.
When people think of London, they often think of the queen, Big Ben or even the historic Tower Bridge - our first featured bridge. Designed by Sir Horace Jones and was opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales on the 30th of June 1910. The two sides of the bridge that lift weighs over a staggering 1100 tons each. Used by 40,000 people daily, the Tower Bridge is a great location to start the Six Bridges Walk Close by the bridge; there are plenty of historical places to visit, like the Tower of London, HMS Belfast or the old Roman Wall.
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London Bridge is a bridge that is sometimes confused with the Tower Bridge. It is also home to hundreds of beautiful bats. The origins of this bridge can be traced back to Roman times when the original bridge was built in 43 A.D. Walkers travelling the bridge may notice some vintage lamps - old lamps made up of melted-down cannon of Napoleon Bonaparte's defeated army. The bridge is a great place to walk over, taking visitors too and from some great spots like Borough Market, the Golden Hyde and the Shard, which are all 5 min walk from each other.
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The original bridge was built in 1913 and was privately owned by the Southwark Bridge Company. Southwark Bridge is another excellent bridge to find and walk with some great destinations like Globe Theatre and the Clink Prison Museum.
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The Millennium (Wobbly) Foot Bridge
The London Millennium footbridge is for pedestrians and initially opened in June 2000, where it got off to an inauspicious start. It is also nicknamed the "Wobbly Bridge" by locals, as after it opened, the pedestrians crossing experienced the bridge 'wobbling'. After two years of modifications, there is nothing to obstruct the view. It is surrounded by unique places to visit, like the Tate Modern and St Paul's Cathedral.
Joseph Cubitt designed the current bridge opened by Queen Victoria in 1869. On the bridge’s piers, visitors can see stone carvings of water birds, and on the Eastside, there are multiple carvings of seabirds and marine life. The pillars that held the last bridge are still clearly visible.
The final bridge of our famous Six is Waterloo Bridge. The name of the bridge commemorates the win of the British Army and their allies over Napolean Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Waterloo Bridge is a great place to end the walk as there are plenty of exciting places such as the South Bank, where the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Royal National Theatres are all to be found. On the other side of the bridge, visitors can discover the Strand on the north side.
Taking the Six Bridges Walking Tour is a great way to enjoy some of the fantastic sights of London from a different viewpoint. Visitors wanting to experience a bit more of the River can find plenty of places to embark up or downstream.