Explorer completes 560 km walk through every borough of London in 160 hours
A National Geographic Explorer has completed an epic walk around London that took him through all 32 of the city's boroughs, 242 parks, 23 rivers and saw him cross the Thames no less than 11 times in a bid to make London the world's first ever National Park City.
Daniel Raven-Ellison, from Ealing, who has walked across some of the world's largest cities, hiked a giant spiral around London during the course of nearly five weeks - racking up a total of 160 hours on his feet and walking nearly 800,000 steps. He started his journey in Enfield on Friday 23rd June and crossed the final finish line in Temple on Wednesday 26th July.
From the Havering Country Park in Redbridge with its old Giant Redwoods to the tranquillity of Hackney's Eastern Curve garden on an old railway line, hundreds of parks, leafy streets and commons saw the bearded and booted explorer made his way through them almost every day - and was often joined by local councillors, mayors, activists and members of the public.
The Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy Shirley Rodrigues, who joined Daniel on his penultimate day of walking, said:
"Through his impressive 500km walk and his public campaigning, Daniel has done a fantastic job of raising awareness of the importance of green spaces and wildlife in the capital. London's much-loved parks and green spaces boost our quality of life, which is why we want to make them even better and more accessible for Londoners. The Mayor is firmly committed to making London a National Park City and will launch his wider plans this summer. To meet the target of making 50 per cent of the city green, we'll need action from people across London, like Daniel, and I look forward to joining him on his final walks."
Daniel took videos and photos, and Tweeted as he went. The best of those appear on the map below. Simply click on any blue camera .