Today I decided to get some proper exercise (I hate the gym) and go for a walk. There are currently a number of differently decorated Shaun The Sheep statues installed around London, curated into four trails and then some odd ones scattered around. I knew I couldn’t do all of them in one day, so decided to try to complete two trails which weren’t far from each other.
I found all the Shauns on both trails – 27 in total, and walked 10 miles on a rambling – but circuitous route – starting and ending at London Bridge Station. The trail started at The Shard (with a Tatty Devine themed Shaun), across Tower Bridge to The Tower of London, up through the City via Fenchurch Street and Bank and up to Liverpool Street/Finsbury Avenue Square. The first trail ended there, so I walked across to The Barbican to pick up the second trail.
From the Barbican this took me down to the Guildhall and then along Cheapside to the New Change development and through to St Paul’s Churchyard and Paternoster Square. It then took me over the “wobbly” Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern and Globe Theatre. My favourite Shaun was here – the Shakespeare themed one shown above. There are more pictures on my Instagram feed.
I had intended then to go to Southwark to get the train back from Waterloo East, but I went wrong somewhere and ended up back at London Bridge. Overall I spent about five hours wandering around London in the sunshine walking my 10 miles (clearly not at a very fast pace!) In my defence I did stop for lunch along the way, and to admire the architecture and views – and to photograph each sheep of course.
I’m not a big Shaun fan (although he is sweet) but it seemed like a good way to have a walk with a purpose – so much better when you’re walking alone. The statues are interesting – all decorated by different artists and celebrities – and they will be auctioned off in support of Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity and The Grand Appeal, supporting children in hospitals across the UK.
It also gave me the chance to see bits of London that I wouldn’t normally see. On the most part it was fairly quiet, particularly through the City – although there were usually a few others also on the Shaun Trail taking photos at each stop. The parts of the trails around St Paul’s Cathedral and the Southbank were the busiest but all the statues were easy to find – the phone app and map were really useful too.
The statues are in London until 25th May, when they relocate to Bristol. I will try to see all the other London-based ones before they leave. It could also be a good excuse to get away to Bristol for the weekend. A cunning plan could be brewing!
More information can be found here: http://shauninthecity.org.uk/