Elephant and Castle

Walk Elephant

Walk Elephant is a community initiative to improve walking routes across the Elephant and Castle area. The initiative seeks to build on the success of the East Walworth green links (pdf, 2.7mb) project, which has created a high quality route which connects the town centre with Burgess Park.

Many think of Elephant and Castle as a busy traffic junction, but it's so much more. There are so many hidden gems and oases in Elephant and Castle, and this project seeks to link them all together and to create safe and enjoyable walking routes for people to take on their way to work, the shops or home.

Map

The first step in the project is to create a map of all possible walking routes which connect across the Elephant and Castle area as far as Kennington, Bankside, London Bridge and Burgess Park. Local resident and architect Tom Coward from practice AOC helped to draw up the map which highlights where improvements and new green linkages can be made to improve the quality of the routes.

You can download the maps here:

There is one overview map for the whole area and then four detailed maps for each quarter of the Elephant and Castle with lots of project suggestions.

Memories

Elephants have a long memory and Walk Elephant seeks to celebrate and highlight some historical treasures in the area. On your journey you may encounter memories of the Royal Surrey Zoo, a Henry Moore statue, the periodic table, Charlie Chaplin, Prince Monolulu and much more. We'd love to hear more about your stories and memories to bring these walking routes to life.

Low Line

New York has a High Line and the Elephant and Castle has a Low Line. A key thread which weaves through the area is the railway viaduct and a new walking route alongside the arches called the Low Line. The Low Line idea was conceived by Southwark resident David Stephens and is gaining real momentum. Walk Elephant will promote a series of Low Line projects which will open up a new walking route through the area to connect with Bankside to the north and Camberwell to the south.

Get involved

We want to hear your thoughts on these ideas and love suggestions! You can write to us using the contact details below or you can add your comments to this online mapping tool called Commonplace.

Improvements might include new crossings, landscaping, tree planting or planters. Once the map is ready, we'll be consulting with residents and groups this year to see if we've missed anything. We'll learn lessons from East Walworth to make the projects happen, and local residents and tenant organisations will be supported to seek funding from a variety of sources including our cleaner greener safer programme, developer contributions and crowdfunding.

After these events the map will be updated. If you'd like more information about the initiative, contact us.

Contact us

This is a partnership project which is being coordinated by the Walworth Society, Living Streets, local tenant organisations and various council departments. The developers of all new projects in the town centre will also be consulted to make sure the walking routes connect seamlessly with their developments.

If you'd like to hear more about the project, we'd be happy to hear from you.

Dan Taylor 
Programme manager
020 7525 5450

Peter Wright
East Walworth Green Links 
020 7657 2277

Jeremy Leach
Walworth Society 
020 7701 6283

Page last updated: 10 December 2018