I first became aware of the Jubilee Walkway in the late 1980s when I picked up a leaflet in the City Information Centre, in the shadow of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. I had noticed a little silver plaque set into a nearby path and sought more information from the helpful people in the centre. It has only taken me more than thirty years to actually get round to undertaking the walk!
Back then it was called the London Silver Jubilee Walkway and was created as part of London’s celebration for The Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. Her Majesty officially opened it on 9 June 1977. Information panels, now sponsored and occasionally updated, were added at strategic points in 1980 and some of these remain in place. Other panels have been added for one reason or another. 2002 was the The Queen’s Golden Jubilee and the Jubilee Walkway quietly dropped the ‘Silver’ from its name. A Golden Jubilee extension spur was added to the walk the following year.
The Jubilee Walkway is now around 15 miles long if including various ‘extra’ loops, so makes a good day’s walk, particularly if peeling off to visit any of the many places of interest en route. Because the Golden Jubilee extension now has the route wandering all the way to Buckingham Palace, this week I travelled up to the nearby Victoria railway station and set off and returned from there. My walk totalled a tad over sixteen miles (c26km). Wikipedia has a useful list of the major sites passed on the five individual loops. Having walked it, I would categorically state that the optional 3.9 mile (6.3km) Camden Loop is largely a waste of time and adds almost nothing to the walk.
This is a London walk. There is so much to see and do, so much to divert to and explore. Instead of giving a blow by blow account of my walk, something a little different to offer some focus- a few images of statues and sculptures seen on my wander around London. There are many public works of art, a considerable number in the City of London alone. Sometimes you have to have your wits about you to spot something. Not everything is sitting on a corner in front of you, some are tucked away just a little out of sight. The trumpeting figure of Fame was hidden away slightly in a circular recess above the door to an old newspaper building in Fleet Street, and it was only a sideways glance off my route that had me espy the striking Minotaur sculpture with his back to a small garden containing remnants of the Roman London wall. This is a dramatic piece of art that I had last seen a quarter of a century ago in its previous location in Postmans Park a mile away. There are far more statues and sculptures than I include here, this is just a small personal selection from my day, enjoy.