Wednesday, 26 September 2012

The Life Edit takes a walk with Instagram

Start at the splendid St Paul's Cathedral. Photo by Jiri Siftar.

I love walking in London. For me it beats the countryside, I'm that much of a city girl, and with a city as diverse and historic as ours, it's constantly changing and full of surprises. I realise I won't get to see it all in my lifetime- it's just too big, and also I do tend to return to my favourite haunts throughout the year to see what has changed and what is new and exciting. Even in historic settings like the South Bank there are always changes and new things to see. So with the help of the fabulous Instagram photographer Jiri Siftar and egged on by Bupa, whose latest campaign is to get us all walking more to maintain our health, I'm sharing with you one of my favourite weekend walks from St Paul's on the North Bank to The Anchor pub downstream on the South Bank. Here is some of my walk plotted out but to see all the photos and the full walk check it out on Google Maps

Leave St Paul's and walk towards the Millenium Bridge to cross the river. Photo Jiri Siftar.

The view downstream. Photo Jiri Siftar.

Across the bridge to Tate Modern. Photo Jiri Siftar.

Turn downstream and take in the sites of historic Southwark Cathedral. If it's a weekend stop to shop at  Borough Market. Photo Jiri Siftar.

You will pass by glorious Southwark Bridge. Photo Jiri Siftar.

Next stop - The Globe Theatre. Photo Jiri Siftar.

Down beside the Clink Prison at Pickford's Wharf... Photos Jiri Siftar.

Final stop for a lunch and a drink at The Anchor pub. Photo Jiri Siftar.

The view towards St Paul's from The Anchor pub. Photo Jiri Siftar.

Get out and get walking - you'll learn more about your surroundings than you will in a car. Bupa have launched a new initiative and have set themselves a target to get at least 100,000 people walking (and this includes their own employees, charity and corporate partners) both now and for the long-term.

It's all part of the Bupa Global Challenge which is an annual worldwide initiative aiming to 'get people moving' and raising awareness of the benefits of increased walking for good health and to reduce the risk of long-term diseases. It also supports Bupa's 'Well World' commitment, helping to enable 60 million people to make positive changes to be healthier and happier by 2015 and to reduce the organisation's carbon footprint by 20 percent.

You should get out there and walk, and to make it more fun I have one Black Jack Diana F+ camera to giveaway to accompany you. All you need to do is leave a comment telling me your own favourite walk. Alternatively tweet me on @scaredcrows #walkthisway. All entries will be entered into a draw which I will draw on October 5th.

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