Curiosity, the wonder of Hackney, and running tours

Curiosity about the world is what drives Hackney Tours. How does it work? How do we make sense of it? How can we best be in it, appreciate, enjoy and ultimately improve it? The underlying philosophy is to be really fully alive, out there in the world in a physically and mentally healthy state. because…

Places Left on Free Clapton Tour This Sun for Hackney Council

There are still some places left on Sunday’s walk around the waterways of Clapton, run by Hackney Tours for/with Hackney Council (scroll down, see below details).If you don’t know the area, it’s a beautiful spot with wide open spaces and all sorts of rare creatures and plants are waiting to be discovered there. If you…

October Walks & Runs with Hackney Tours

Autumn is upon us, judging by those clouds outside. All the more reason to get out and enjoy the changing of the seasons as the leaves turn brown and thoughts turn to Halloween, Bonfire Night and our other rituals marking the passing of time. As mounting research shows, it’s good to be amongst nature; you’ve…

Good Gym: Mission Possible 2

On Monday I got another chance to lead a Good Gym mission, this time on my own turf in Hackney where I lead my walking/running/cycling tours. With 12 volunteers we headed north from Bethnal Green and up to N16

10 Reasons to Take a Running Tour

If I had a proverbial penny for every time I’ve had a bemused reaction to the idea of running/jogging tours, I’d be lazing by day at London Fields Lido, while dining by night on fine Argentinian steak at Broadway Market’s Buen Ayre. So in the spirit of enlightenment, here are 10 reasons why you –…

Abney Park: Stoke Newington’s Dead Centre of Dissent

“There’s no point complaining,” says Dave, any time you ask him how he is. And indeed, he doesn’t complain; though he has been known to have the occasional rant about the state of the country or the management of this or that. But like the other volunteers, slashing steadily at the undergrowth that has been…

The Black Helicopters of Hackney

It’s an unmistakeable sound – the deep thukka-thukka of giant counter-rotating blades missing each other by milliseconds at a rate that blows the non-mechanical mind. Silhouetted against a winter Clapton sky the Chinooks – heavy-lift double-rotored helicopters that often swing by here on an afternoon (always north to south, usually in pairs) work their way…