Walk the Line With Islington Giving – until the end of October

Get to know your local area, somewhere new, or challenge yourself to see the whole borough this summer!

With ‘Walk the Line’ you can get fit, raise money or just have fun walking Islington’s border. The route covers the whole borough boundary and is the length of a half marathon (12.98 miles). We have divided it into four sections, covering North, South, East and West, so you can take it slowly in sections or see how quickly you can make it in one go.

You can stroll it, run it or cycle it, but more than that you can use it as a way to see parts of your local area you’ve never seen before while supporting the Islington Giving Covid-19 Crisis Fund.

Please note that Parkland Walk, which is part of the North route, is not wheelchair-accessible and there are steps  to/from Canal Walk on the East route.

During the Covid-19 crisis, thanks to incredible generosity of local people and businesses we have raised and given out nearly £400,000 to 30 local organisations.  As we move from crisis into the first steps of recovery, we need even more support to help those who are still in need – people who are isolated, financially insecure of struggling mentally.

Visit our Virgin Money fundraising page to Walk the Line and raise some money for local people and groups
Before you Walk the Line, please check the latest Islington Council guidance on social distancing and other important updates on Covid-19


Create a fundraising page using Virgin Money Giving


Support local businesses

We have teamed up with a number of independent businesses to provide refreshments along the way!



North Route:

Cricks Corner

This friendly neighbourhood cafe on Darmouth Park Hill will offer our walkers/runners/cyclists a free hot or cold drink when you pop in.

East route

Sweet Thursdays
A lovely pizza restaurant & wine shop in De Beauvoir Town offers a free coffee or a half-priced ice-cream to energise our walkers/runners/cyclists.

Angel area

Get a free cold drink while you browse this fun gift and card shop on Camden Passage.

Wild Food Cafe Islington
Get a complimentary, healthy energy surprise to boost your journey in this plant-based local gem on 269-270 Upper Street.

Check out a whole range of independent Islington businesses, compiled by our friends at Local Buyers’ Club:

My Virtual Neighbourhood – Islington

➡️ If you are a local business on the borough boundary please get in touch with our Development and Communications Manager Anu at Anu.Liisanantti@islingtongiving.org.uk

Get social 

Let us know if you’re walking the line! 📱 Find us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 

We want to see your 📷 photos from Walking the Line. Use #WalkTheLine2020 #WTL2020 and your images will be reposted.


Stories from groups in Islington

Elfrida Society (people with disabilities)

Help On Your Doorstep (older residents)

Company Three (young people in the borough)