Capital Ring - a walk around inner London
The Capital Ring is a walking route around inner and suburban London, and was completed in September 2005. It complements the London Loop: if the LOOP is the "M25 for walkers", then the Capital Ring is the North Circular and South Circular.
Like almost all long-distance footpaths, authorities cannot agree on its length. Walk London are particularly indecisive (one might almost say carelessly imprecise): in their text summary they give the length as 125 km (78 miles), but their section distances sum to 133 km and immediately afterwards they say the average length of the 15 sections is 7.8 km, which produces a total of 117 km. The total is only 115 km (72 miles) according to the Ramblers Association; the Transport for London website gives it as 117 km (73 miles). My own estimate from plotting the route on digital maps is 121 km.
While finding green spaces in the more central areas of London is more difficult than in the outer fringes, and thus the Capital Ring is much more urban than the LOOP, it still manages to find quite a bit of green, and many other interesting places to pass along the way.
My walks around the Capital Ring
Total walked so far: 121 km, completed
Capital Ring links