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Slow Ways linking Kensington and Chelsea, Fulham, Hammersmith, Knightsbridge, Paddington Station, Shepherds Bush

England / Greater London / Kensington

Kensington’s six Slow Ways are 75% checked

Drawn: 6/6
reviewed: 6/6
verified: 6/6
and surveyed: 2/6

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Fulham—Kensington
Fulken one

Double check Distance 4km/3mi Ascent 12m Descent 4m
Fulham—Kensington
Fulken two Survey me Distance 4km/3mi Ascent - Descent -
Hammersmith—Kensington
Hamken one Enjoy me Distance 2km/1mi Ascent 4m Descent 11m
Hammersmith—Kensington
Hamken two Survey me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent - Descent -
Kensington—Chelsea
Kenche one Survey me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 9m Descent 3m
Kensington—Knightsbridge
Kenkni one

Double check Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 4m Descent 6m
Kensington—Knightsbridge
Kenkni two Survey me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 12m Descent 15m
Kensington—Paddington Station
Kenpad one

Double check Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 22m Descent 34m
Kensington—Paddington Station
Kenpad two Survey me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 14m Descent 27m
Kensington—Paddington Station
Kenpad three Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent - Descent -
Shepherds Bush—Kensington
Sheken one Survey me Distance 2km/1mi Ascent 9m Descent 3m
Shepherds Bush—Kensington
Sheken two Review me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent - Descent -

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Collective progress

71% of Kensington’s six route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

12/12

drawn

12/12

reviewed

2/12

surveyed

8/12

verified

16 people have contributed to Kensington’s Slow Ways

2 people have pledged to walk and review a route

2 people have surveyed a route in Kensington

40km out of 40km have been walked and reviewed

124km of reviews have been shared in Kensington

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A good direct easy to navigate route with lots of interest along the way....

Strider

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Building work had closed the pavement one side but lots of safe crossing points, and it worth meandering to and fro to see all the points of interest. Good route, good for wheels....

Strider

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Derick Rethans took this photo on Fulken two

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Normally I avoid walking the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, as it is so anti-pedestrian (and anti-cycling)....

Derick Rethans

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I *mostly* followed this route, but only because I walk here very often and went on autopilot → I got into the park at Porchester Terrace. It's a good route though, except for the really busy part on Kensingon High Street. Just too many people....

Derick Rethans

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It's along Hammersmith road all the way but this road was relatively quiet and calm. This route takes in the iconic Design Museum, Holland Park and the Olympia conference centre....

Slow Ways Darren

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Slow Ways Darren took this photo on Hamken one

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There aren't any sign posts in the Kensington Gardens (which would be a nice addition) but if you head through the park and head diagonally towards Lancaster Gate it's pretty straight forward....

Slow Ways Darren

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The interesting setting enabled a number of interesting conversations among our group...

Tom Morris

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For an inner city route it's got quite a good feel with less busy roads, especially with the fairly long section through Brompton Cemetery which is great but is only open during the day. It opens at 7am and closes between 4pm and 8pm depending on the season....

Dan Barron

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A pleasant walk mostly through Kensington Park....

Paul Chilcott

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A lovely mostly off-road route through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. A real gem in the capital....

Paul Chilcott

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This route is both terribly inaccurately drawn, and has access issues (like going in between the museums)....

Derick Rethans

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It's not too much out of what I really walked in Hyde Park, so I am not going to bother with a new route....

Derick Rethans

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The section that goes parallel along Kensington High Road isn't the *nicest*, but it's certainly a lot better than the congested Kensington High Road (from Sheken one). I also hadn't realised Holland Park was on a hill :-). Holland Park Avenue, albeit a bit busy with pedestrians, was a nicer walk than I had remembered....

Derick Rethans

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Kensington—Paddington Station

mtormey added Kenpad three, a new walk from Kensington to Paddington Station

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This route meets up with the Jubilee Greenway walk on the Broad Walk in front of Kensington Palace and follows that route through the streets along the side of Paddington Station....

mtormey

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Shepherds Bush—Kensington

Derick Rethans added Sheken two, a new walk from Shepherds Bush to Kensington

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A little better would be to walk past Olympia and use Sinclair Road/Richmond Road on the western side, and to walk on the north side of KHR. Going along Holland Walk instead would also improve this....

Derick Rethans

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There is a more scenic route available as this is pretty much a straight stroll down Kensington High street and Hammersmith Road. Not unpleasant but not particularly exiting....

LondonIn360

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It goes past Brook Green, the cafe/ kiosk is fab (I'd recommend the cheese toastie and elderflower slushy). The walk through Holland Park is really pleasant, if you have time to spare I'd recommend visiting the Kyoto Garden. I'd highly recommend this route!...

Saira

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A direct, safe and accessible route from Kensington to Chelsea, through some very handsome residential streets. There's a cafe along the way in case you want some refreshments, but agree with the reviewer below, options are limited. All in all a good route that gets you from A to B...

Saira

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The last section drops you into Kensington High Street via some high end residential streets....

David Sanderson

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A safe and reasonably direct route making the most of quieter residential streets....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Kenche one

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If you can do steps it is far better than going along the road, but if this isn't possible, you'd have to go to the main road to cross over....

Ingrina

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If I were rating based on interest, character, or beauty, I would probably score this a 3, but for quiet and direct, it is a 5, so I'm giving it a 4 as a compromise....

Ingrina

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I would definitely walk this route again in preference to staying on the main road....

Jane Taylor

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A really fantastic route, offering some really fantastic urban adventuring....

mtormey

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Hammersmith—Kensington

Jane Taylor added Hamken two, a new walk from Hammersmith to Kensington

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Efficient route between Chelsea (Kings Road) and Kensington (High Street) which sticks to the quieter streets. I didn’t find it especially inspiring, and found myself wondering if there might be some quirkier, more interesting, twists and turns to make it more memorable. A good Slow Way nevertheless and worth its snail!...

Jane Taylor

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Lovely walk between Kensington and Paddington through Kensington Gardens. The streets at either end are busy and cluttered, but the central section is green and organised. Good Slow Ways route - easy to follow, direct abd and pleasant....

Jane Taylor

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Fulham—Kensington

mtormey added Fulken two, a new walk from Fulham to Kensington

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This route is quite good, but there are some serious inaccuracies in the gpx file. I've uploaded an alternative that is much more accurate....

mtormey

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The stretch from South Kensington north through to Kensington High Street is quite lovely, with quiet residential and lovely shopping streets....

mtormey

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You won't necessarily catch me raving about the route, but I have absolutely no complaints and I'm certain it's one of the best possible ways to get between Kensington and Chelsea....

mtormey

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The pavements are wide and flat, so it's not entirely unpleasant, and there are some moments of joy to be had - especially after the route turns onto Kensington High Street. I'll see if I can upload an alternative that's slightly better......

mtormey

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Overall, a great Slow Ways route, and one I'd happily recommend again....

mtormey

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I've only dinged a star because the last bit along Kensington High Street is longer than my patience for the traffic-soaked mess that is Kensington High Street can take....

mtormey

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The route starts on Kensington High Street and has a lot of traffic and people, but soon it turns off into Kensington Gardens. At around the half way point, where Kensington Gardens turns into Hyde Park, I stopped for refreshments at the Pavilion cafe, which is right by the path....

Jane Taylor

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Walked Hammersmith to Kensington on a quiet Bank Holiday Monday....

Jane Taylor

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Flat walking no steps and through lots of roads of beautiful and expensive houses. Limited refreshment opportunities as mostly restaurants. Fully accessible and safe...

Lizbiz70

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This route is a direct route but unfortunately following a very busy road. Very high levels of pollution on a hot day. I walked down the wrong road but was easily able to rejoin the route....

Lizbiz70

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This is a good, direct and mostly off-road route that makes good use of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens....

danravenellison

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Look for the sociable parakeets as the route passes The Long Water (the tail of the Serpentine)....

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Kensington—Knightsbridge

danravenellison added Kenkni two, a new walk from Kensington to Knightsbridge

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Looks like the end of this route was drawn in error. I'll share a corrected version....

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Kensington—Paddington Station

danravenellison added Kenpad two, a new walk from Kensington to Paddington Station

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taking Old Brompton Road instead of Wetherby Gardens, and again to an unnecessary crossing on Cromwell Road....

Gilgul

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Fulham—Kensington

Slow Ways added Fulken one, a new walk from Fulham to Kensington

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Hammersmith—Kensington

Slow Ways added Hamken one, a new walk from Hammersmith to Kensington

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Kensington—Chelsea

Slow Ways added Kenche one, a new walk from Kensington to Chelsea

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Kensington—Knightsbridge

Slow Ways added Kenkni one, a new walk from Kensington to Knightsbridge

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Kensington—Paddington Station

Slow Ways added Kenpad one, a new walk from Kensington to Paddington Station

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Shepherds Bush—Kensington

Slow Ways added Sheken one, a new walk from Shepherds Bush to Kensington

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Kensington’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ2553779559

Lat / Lon

51.50104° / -0.19275°

Easting / Northing

525,537E / 179,559N

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