Winter walks: the benefits of living in Walthamstow

As the nights draw in and the mercury falls, it’s easy to snuggle away and shut the door on the outside world.

In fact, Winter is the perfect time to explore the outdoors, as the landscape changes and frost sparkles in the mornings. There’s even the chance of catching falling snow.

And surely there’s not a more peaceful way of spending a weekend than roaming around Europe’s largest urban wetlands – so why not hop on the Victoria Line to Walthamstow and discover them this weekend?

Health and wellbeing is undeniably important and having access to wild, open spaces is a perfect antidote to a hectic working week and a positive way to combat stress.

‘You’ll soon discover that Walthamstow Wetlands is a natural haven..’

You’ll soon discover that Walthamstow Wetlands is a natural haven. Lose yourself among the 211 hectares and stroll along the banks of one of the 10 beautiful reservoirs. There’s still plenty of wildlife to spot from overwintering water fowl and rare migrating birds making a stopover on their journey to far-flung warmer lands. The sole reminder of the urban world is the occasional sight of the Shard and the Gherkin in the distance, and that’s only if you look up!

There is also a range of activities organised at the Wetlands by London Wildlife Trust, from Tai Chi for adults to arts and crafts for kids, giving the whole family a chance to enjoy the outdoors.

All of this is just a 10-minute cycle ride from The Chain, L&Q’s new development in Walthamstow, which offers high-quality studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments to suit all lifestyles.

Or perhaps sport is more your thing and you fancy a kickabout with some friends? Maybe your dog prefers bounding through the forest? Both are options if you live at The Chain. The open grassland of Wanstead Flats is only a seven-minute journey on the London Overground and Epping Forest is less than two miles away.

Getting regular exercise and having an active lifestyle is clearly beneficial for body and mind. And with The Forestry Commission recently finding that regular walks in woods and forests dramatically improves mental as well as physical health, Walthamstow is the perfect place to have all of these benefits on your doorstep – and with no compromise needed: central London is less than half an hour away on the Victoria Line.

Homes at The Chain are launching soon in January 2020. To find out more about living at The Chain, register your interest here. By this time next year, it could be you exploring all the natural beauty that Winter in Walthamstow has to offer.