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Kennington

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Slow Ways linking Kennington and Battersea, Brixton, London Bridge Station, Peckham, Victoria Station, Waterloo Station

England / Greater London / Kennington

Kennington’s six Slow Ways are 92% checked

Drawn: 6/6
reviewed: 6/6
verified: 6/6
and surveyed: 4/6

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Walk to Kennington from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Battersea—Kennington
Batken one Survey me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 16m Descent 17m
Brixton—Kennington
Briken one

Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 13m Descent 4m
Brixton—Kennington
Briken two

Survey me Distance 2km/1mi Ascent 11m Descent 2m
Kennington—London Bridge Station
Kenlon one Survey me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 5m Descent 4m
Kennington—Peckham
Kenpec one

Enjoy me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 20m Descent 15m
Kennington—Peckham
Kenpec two Enjoy me Distance 4km/3mi Ascent - Descent -
Victoria Station—Kennington
Vicken one

Verify me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 13m Descent 14m
Victoria Station—Kennington
Vicken two Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent - Descent -
Waterloo Station—Kennington
Watken one

Verify me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 11m Descent 6m
Waterloo Station—Kennington
Watken two Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent - Descent -

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Collective progress

83% of Kennington’s six route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

10/10

drawn

10/10

reviewed

5/10

surveyed

8/10

verified

19 people have contributed to Kennington’s Slow Ways

4 people have pledged to walk and review a route

6 people have surveyed a route in Kennington

34km out of 34km have been walked and reviewed

154km of reviews have been shared in Kennington

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Okay there were some monotonous road parts but there was also so many things to see....

Strider

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There must be some route that's a compromise between this meander and the straight line main road?...

Strider

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While there's still construction going on, you should probably go back to the street to get to Waterloo Station more easily....

Ingrina

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The route does keep you away from the main road for the most part and does nicely to take you through a green space, but navigation isn't straightforward, and you'll likely have to look at your map constantly to follow this route. It's functional, but it might be more trouble to follow this correctly than just taking the quick way - along the main road!...

Ingrina

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This route is absolutely fine and is good at taking quieter streets away from the main roads, it does the trick of connecting the two places in a safe way. Would not necessarily do it for fun as I would prefer to find more green space but it does pass through one park and would happily walk this again if I needed to get from one to the other....

Dan Barron

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Not much to add from Mary and Hugh below who I walked with but I agree, this is a very decent route for London taking in plenty of green spaces and largely away from the major roads....

Dan Barron

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We left Kennington/Oval Station by walking through the edge of a park, before walking along a surprisingly quiet section of the A23. We were soon heading through Lambeth Walk Doorstep Green, and then soon after, via an almost hidden passageway, Archbishop's Park. This ran alongside Lambeth Palace, but that was not apparent from the ground....

Mary Oz

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The route successfully avoided the main road by using lots of quiet side streets, but this meant more time spent on navigating....

Mary Oz

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We cross Kennington Lane and continue, then turn left into Lollard Street and cross a small park on a surfaced path. If I were to design a new route through the tunnel, I would probably use the pavement of York Road to reach the front of Waterloo station rather than entering the station building....

Hugh Hudson

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Before leaving Brixton, we took a quick detour across the road to look at the David Bowie mural. Eventually we reach Cranmer Road, where we turn left and cross Brixton Road, following another twisty back street to reach the Oval tube station and the Kennington meeting point....

Hugh Hudson

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Functional for getting a to b, but not a proper slow ways route....

EB

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Lots of interesting buildings, views out over the Thames as you cross Vauxhall bridge (and a welcome breeze on a hot day), and a small park....

Strider

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Another urban gem, a string of interesting historic streets with green jewels of parks strung onto it. Surprisingly green and never loses your interest. Pavements and tarmac paths all the way, and apart from the usual street furniture obstacles, good for wheels....

Strider

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I walked this route from Kennington to Waterloo. The south half is read-y, but at least you have the lovely Kennington Park for a stretch. The second half, however, is awesome. A really cool London Slow Ways route that merges awesome passages, lovely green spaces, pleasant quiet residential streets, and vibrant pedestrianised lanes. Especially the north half was a joy to walk. The south half is perfectly fine, and the pavements are wide, you’re just walking along big roads. Several sets of public toilets in the parks along the route, and plenty of refreshment stops, too. There’s even a chance to see London’s wildlife ;)...

mtormey

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Derick Rethans took this photo on Batken one

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This route is fairly direct, but mostly boring alongside busy roads, except for a lovely section along the Thames, following the Thames Path....

Derick Rethans

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I really enjoyed this walk, and don't agree that it was hard to follow and it being inaccurate....

Derick Rethans

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Derick Rethans took this photo on Kenpec one

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Kennington—Peckham

Slow Ways Darren pledged to walk Kenpec two

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From Kennington Park through Burgess Park, down Brunswick Park and then along Lucas Gardens....

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Slow Ways Darren took this photo on Kenpec two

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Waterloo Station—Kennington

Dannyash added Watken two, a new walk from Waterloo Station to Kennington

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Other than a short section along the Thames, which is very nice, the route mainly follows very busy main roads. It also goes through the centre of Vauxhall which is a very busy junction and you have to cross many roads. There are now alternative paths opening up around Nine Elms or you could cut through Vauxhall Park, however this means missing most of the Thames which is the nicest part....

Dannyash

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At the moment this is the route you would need to take, rather than VICKEN One as the Thames Path behind the SIS building has been closed for some time. Otherwise this is a fairly nice city route between the two points. Its not amazing but the options are limited and at least on the north side of the Thames, the streets are fairly quiet....

Dannyash

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A fairly direct route which follows some busy roads for the majority of it. However you are also able to go through the edges of some parks which improves it somewhat. I have suggest WATKEN Two as a slightly longer but maybe quieter alternative...

Dannyash

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I think this is a slightly better route than WATKEN One as it keeps you off the main roads for slightly longer. Archbishops Park is a lovely Green Space and you also pass through Lambeth Walk and Kennington Park....

Dannyash

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I walked this route from London Bridge to Kennington, and I actually ended up really enjoying it....

mtormey

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Finally, the urban wandering on approach to Waterloo Station was really great - it was great to be so close to Waterloo Station but not really be able to tell!...

mtormey

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I walked this route Oval to Battersea. The pavements getting around the Oval and on towards Vauxhall are relatively narrow, and the surface of some of them might be a little problematic with mobility issues, but there's lots of interesting architecture to be seen (and the secret community garden as you approach Vauxhall Junction, recommend stopping off there for a little bit of cool respite in over-grown garden shade). Vauxhall Junction itself is not exactly enjoyable - and you need to be on the left hand (North) side of Harelyford Road, by the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, for the tunnel to get onto the riverside....

Clare

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The other thing to note if you are not familiar with this part of London, is that the Kennington end of the route is at Oval tube station NOT Kennington tube station which is part of the way along the route....

Intrepid Rabbit

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Starting at Kennington, I was led through many green spaces of various sizes, some of which I had no idea existed until now....

Intrepid Rabbit

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Intrepid Rabbit took this photo on Kenpec two

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Victoria Station—Kennington

mtormey added Vicken two, a new walk from Victoria Station to Kennington

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Kennington—Peckham

mtormey added Kenpec two, a new walk from Kennington to Peckham

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Likely not an issue if you're walking Peckham to Kennington, but the exit from Kennington Park isn't where the route says it is....

mtormey

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It essentially park-hops, alternating between parks and quiet residential streets, but it largely stays direct on the way between Kennington and Peckham....

mtormey

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I really liked this route, but in February 2022 the access to the Thames Path on the south side of the river from the bridge is closed....

mtormey

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If you have a bit more time and want to avoid much of the fuming traffic of the main road, this route is a great alternative....

mtormey

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I liked this route for a lot of reasons: I thought the stretch around Brixton was quite interesting, the residential streets were quieter than the main road (though in places very quiet, which some might find uncomfortable), and there’s even a little park to walk through. Both routes are fine, but I might prefer this to the more direct version if I had a little extra time!...

mtormey

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The road is a bit noisy, so I can’t say it was my favorite route, but it was an overall good way to get between Kennington and Brixton....

mtormey

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The route winds through Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (with its city farm) and then takes you past the iconic Oval stadium....

Slow Ways Darren

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Based on the limited options for slow ways in the area, this route offers a fairly direct route whilst limiting exposure to traffic....

Henry

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This is a very direct, main road connection from Waterloo to Kennington. There are limited other options but I feels there must be a better, if slightly longer route...

Henry

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Nice route from Peckham to Kennington (or vice versa) avoiding main roads and taking advantage of some hidden green spaces in the city. Completely flat. Option to extend your walk by exploring Burgess Park as well....

LucyC

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Acess to the Thames Pathway by the side of the MI6 building (on suggested route) is currently blocked due to ongoing works, so you have to go via the busy crossing either by Vauxhall bus station or Kennington Lane onto Bridgefoot. Rest of the route is good as it avoids busy Vauxhall Bridge Road and cuts through the slightly more scenic residential areas. No other acess issues encountered...

joannewon6

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This is a more pleasant walk between the end points than Briken 2, although it is somewhat longer., It passes mainly along quiet residential streets including modern developments and social housing estates. There is a convenient pedestrian crossing close to the point at which you have to cross the busy Brixton Road. It would no doubt be possible to find other similar 'back street' routes which might be more pleasant, but it is probably not worth the effort....

David Livesley

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This route follows the obvious and direct route between Brixton and Oval stations, but that comes at the cost of following the busy main road. There are definitely worse main roads to walk along - you pass a number of areas of grass and trees just off the road - but it is always busy during the day. Choose this option if you are in a hurry; if not, choose Briken 1 instead....

David Livesley

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The route crosses Kennington Park and through to Kennington gardens. After crossing Camberwell Road the route takes you round Addington Square and to the edge of Burgess Park where there is a cafe. Then turn left into Elmington Road and then right along St Giles Road where you walk through Brunswick Park which has a cafe. Crossing Peckham Road, you then enter Lucas Gardens and up Vestry Road. The hill between Vestry Grove and the end of Warwick Gardens can be circumvented by continuing along Peckham Road and turning right down Bellenden Road, eventually re-joining the route at Holly Grove....

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clive r miller surveyed Kenpec one

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Considering there is little green around the area the route feels quiet whilst still being fairly direct....

Dannyash

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It follows a busy main road the whole way and whilst there are lots of places to get food and drink it is uninspiring otherwise. BRIKEN one is a much more enjoyable route between the two locations...

Dannyash

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Rather than sticking to a traffic-laden main road this route takes you through the backstreets and byways of this little stretch of Lambeth, complete with a nice green space with a small hill. This walk takes you through several housing estates - some old and some new - and on the way there are a number of shops and offices reflecting the multi-cultural population. This is a better option than Briken two...

John Pestle

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Rather than sticking to a traffic-laden main road this route takes you through the backstreets and byways of this little stretch of Lambeth, complete with a nice green space with a small hill. This walk takes you through several housing estates - some old and some new - and on the way there are a number of shops and offices reflecting the multi-cultural population. This is a better option than Briken one....

John Pestle

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While there are some interesting features, bars, cafes and venues along this route the reality is that this is a not a pleasant walk as this road is a main thoroughfare with lots of traffic....

John Pestle

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Kennington

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Kennington

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This direct route takes you via many nice Kennington pubs, through the Elephant and Castle, and up Borough High Street towards Borough Market....

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Battersea—Kennington

Slow Ways added Batken one, a new walk from Battersea to Kennington

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Brixton—Kennington

Slow Ways added Briken one, a new walk from Brixton to Kennington

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Brixton—Kennington

Slow Ways added Briken two, a new walk from Brixton to Kennington

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Kennington—London Bridge Station

Slow Ways added Kenlon one, a new walk from Kennington to London Bridge Station

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Kennington—Peckham

Slow Ways added Kenpec one, a new walk from Kennington to Peckham

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Victoria Station—Kennington

Slow Ways added Vicken one, a new walk from Victoria Station to Kennington

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Waterloo Station—Kennington

Slow Ways added Watken one, a new walk from Waterloo Station to Kennington

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Kennington, Mon 27 May

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Kennington’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ3115777585

Lat / Lon

51.48202° / -0.11256°

Easting / Northing

531,157E / 177,585N

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Facilities

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Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

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Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

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Off-road wheelchair hire

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Train station

Bus stop

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