Women Focused Walks

We sometimes get asked about walks with a specifically female focus.  We hope the the list below will give a flavour of the range we offer.  We are always happy to create a new walk.  Get in touch if you would like us to develop a bespoke walk for you.

Ada Salter: Beautifying Bermondsey

Ada Salter was the first female mayor in London and the first Labour woman mayor in the British Isles. With her husband, local doctor and MP Dr Alfred Salter, she made a significant impact on health, housing, employment and labour relations, helping to make Bermondsey world famous for its flowers and its Garden City estate, still occupied today.  Find out about the legacy of Ada on this charming riverside walk, which tells her story from the Bermondsey Uprising of women jam factory workers in 1911, to her years as a pacifist in the First World War, and her radical policies as Bermondsey Councillor

2 hours          Start and finish Bermondsey Station

Dorothy L Sayers Bloomsbury

Follow in the footsteps of Golden Age crime writer Dorothy L Sayers and her alter ego Harriet Vane.  Best known for her fiction, Dorothy L Sayers was a complex character: prize-winning linguist, translator, motorbike enthusiast and advertising copywriter. Discover some of the places and (sometimes surprising) events from her own life as an independent young woman in 1920’s London that inspired the novels.

2 hours          Holborn to Russell Square

The Garretts of Gower Street

Seven extraordinary 19th & 20th century women: three sisters, two daughters, a cousin, a sister-in-law – all with ground-breaking careers and active in public life. Elizabeth was the first woman to qualify in England as a doctor, Millicent fought for women to get the vote, Agnes and Rhoda established a top interior design company, Fanny was a landscape gardener and Philippa a brilliant mathematician. See the places they lived and worked and the legacy they left behind.

2 Hours          Start Goodge Street finish Euston

The new Woman in east Bloomsbury

Meet the independent ‘New Woman’ of the late Victorian period.  On this walk through east Bloomsbury’s quiet streets and squares we follow in the footsteps of pioneers of women’s education, employment, and the fight for the vote.  See where the first women doctors trained, discover the Rational Dress Society and why it was needed, and meet the advertising copywriter who became a famous detective writer.

2 hours          Start and finish Russell Square

Radical Women of the East End 

Retrace the steps of the most famous radical women associated with Bow, starting with the Bryant and May matchwomen.  Sylvia Pankhurst established the Suffragette East London Federation here, campaigning

not only for the right of women to vote, but also to establish their social and economic freedom. Minnie Lansbury died here, after a heroic fight

for justice for local residents. We will re-locate past struggles for social justice and take a look at the modern Bow on the way.

2 hours          Bow Church Station to Bow Road

Suffragette City

London was at the centre of the suffragette protests just before the First World War, when the capital was rocked by arson attempts, hunger strikes and massive demonstrations. The walk will visit the church where Emily Wilding Davison’s funeral cortège began, and the headquarters of the Women’s Social and Political Union, and the site of the Suffragette Hospital where all the staff, including surgeons, were women, dealing with soldiers straight from the trenches. Along the way we will explore vegetarian restaurants and the 1911 Census boycott.

2 hours         Start and finish Holborn

Winning the Vote

Islington was a key battlefield for the campaign for women to win the vote, as it contained Holloway Prison, where over 200 suffragettes were imprisoned. This walk introduces you to some of its inmates, and the attempt to blow up the prison. On the way, we will also hear about some of the suffragists who lived nearby and local suffrage activities.

2 hours Start Holloway and finish Cat & Mouse Library

(This walk is a version of one developed for and funded by Islington Museum part of the Heritage Lottery Funded, Echoes of Holloway Prison Project exploring the story of Holloway Prison.)

Women of Kings’ Cross

From scientists to suffragettes, Kings Cross boasts many women who changed lives and challenged assumptions.  This two hour walk through King’s Cross old and new uncovers stories of some of the women who changed the course of history in medicine, politics, literature, housing and science and introduces some of today’s ground-breaking women.

2 hours          Start and finish King’s Cross

Women Make News

From the bustle of Fleet Street through the quiet streets and squares of the legal quarter to Holborn, this walk highlights the stories and struggles of women pioneers in publishing, journalism and the law. Rachel Beer was Editor in Chief of two national newspapers in the 1890s; Christina Broom sold her photographs to national papers in the early 1900s, but almost 100 years later two women had to fight a legal battle to buy a drink at Fleet Street’s most famous wine bar!  Carrie Morrison, the first woman to qualify as a solicitor practiced from New Square, though the first woman to gain a law degree “unofficially” offered legal services 50 years earlier! We end with Suffragettes’ publication Votes for Women and women making the news in both senses.

2 hours          Start Fleet Street finish Holborn