CoolWalks run a programme of walks and walking art workshops around South London, creating refreshing, fun and lively alternatives to the traditional pedestrian tour. You can join the CoolWalks programme as a Volunteer to help research, plan and become a Guide. 

These urban tours invite the public to discover their local heritage, hidden history and culture. From William Blake to Mary Wollstonecraft, from Charlie Chaplin to Tommy Steele, along the River Thames or in the back streets of Southwark, CoolWalks animate the human stories that lie behind the places we live in, visit or inhabit.

The programme is based on CoolTan Arts charity’s ethos of confronting mental wellbeing through creativity, retaining a radical slant, the walks present a truer picture of the city, at turns light and dark, painting a genuine Peoples’ London.

CoolWalks started life as a collaboration between CoolTan Arts, Southwark Libraries and Southwark NHS which recognised the link between physical activity and improved mental health. Each CoolWalk is researched, devised and led by volunteers to enable walkers of all abilities to come together, to explore, to learn and to share their experiences across Southwark. Each walk is fully accessible.

Downloadable route maps of our public walks are available on the blog for most walks,and the walk guide book is available to view at the libraries, and below. For more information and to see our upcoming walks please see our blog:

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Project Coordinator, Charlie Fox at:

Please see our Calendar Events page for details of our upcoming CoolWalks Schedule:

CoolTan Arts & Southwark Council CoolWalk’s Guide Book

The guide book supports the twice monthly programme of public walks, brings together the research and creativity of the volunteers and is a valuable resource for anyone wanting to take up physical exercise and learn about the varied and interesting history of Southwark. It is available in all of Southwark’s libraries in the Health section and in the London section.

Coolwalks invitation launch

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