At present, we move in response to our urges, what we think is possible,
and what our surroundings present us with. We seek out locations of high
density urbanization and adapt our movements to them. We head to practice
hotpots, where we can drill one, two or three moves, then move elsewhere to
In mountaineering, cycling, running, caving and rock climbing, each
distinct way up or along is referred to as a route. And parcour (the French
word from which Parkour is derived) translates to route. Where are our
This section describes two Parkour routes. Routes of this calibre can be
found in any urban environment, and are waiting to be discovered by a keen
eye and adventurous spirit.
Route 1. Little Ilford
Location: Little Ilford Park, just off the A12 Ring Road in London E12.
N51:32:55 E0:04:01, Enter at the corner of Gainsborough Avenue and Church
Little Ilford is a short course more suited to
practicing. It begins at the signpost for the keep fit course, and finishes
by the entrance gate, taking a meandering line.
- Begin at the sign explaining the keep fit course.
Vault it, then turn left towards the boulders next to the circle of
- From the nearest boulder, precision jump onto
highest boulder, then down onto the furthest boulder. Run down towards
the playground, with a wall spin on the toilet block.
- Mount, and balance along the railing all the way
around, being careful of the swinging gate, to the far side of the
- Lean into the swings, and swing through the chains
of the nearest, holding the support bar.
- Vault over the slide or the small X shaped
railings in the middle.
- Balance along the furthest low round section
railing. At its end, jump up back onto the main railing around the park,
then dismount immediately.
- Run in a curve towards a dive and swing, or
trapeze jump, then continue straight ahead
- Vault over the railing and rejoin the keep fit
course at its nearest. bend.
- Balance along the three part, round section
balance, then run along the path until parallel with the ladder.
- Arm jump onto the ladder, jump up and grab the
top, do a gate vault over the top, then a flag before lowering to the
- Continue along the keep fit course, and along the
- Turn left through the trees, and head back towards
the playground. Arm jump onto the first cherry tree then dive and swing
at a second, before joining the oval path.
- Head to the right under the hanging garden. At the
far pillar, arm jump and pillar climb to the top, then reverse jump and
grab the large dangling branch, twist, stem and dismount, heading for
- Vault the last railing before the exit.
The keep fit course and play area offer more jumps,
balances and other diversions.
Route 2. Great Bells
Location: Bow, East London, E3. Nearest Tube Bromley-by-Bow. Start at
N51:31:39 W0:00:59, Finish at N51:31:38 W0:00:29.
Distance: 1.2km. Ends up at Three Mills hotspot.
Description: Great Bells passes by Bow Church (The
Great Bells of Bow, which all true Cockneys are born within the sound of Ė
actually sounds like a conker on a bean can), then heads on to Three Mills,
where the TV show Big Brother was filmed.
- Begin at the south entrance of the high rise
building Dorrington Points. Balance along the low level black
rectangular section railing to the lamppost. Direction change or
dismount at lamppost. Vault immediately over the railing and pop vault
over the brick wall in the centre, taking care not to land on the
concrete posts at the right. Turn left and run along the low wall to
Stroudley Walk, finishing with two vaults over oblique railings.
- Turn right, and run along the low brick wall.
Dismount at the end, then tictac off the tree onto the railings of
Warren House. Vault over and return with a turning vault. Continue to
the next tree and tictac onto the concrete wall, following the line of
round-topped concrete posts at the far end in a precision run. Jump off
the last post and head for the two leapfrog posts, then continue towards
the Post Office. Arm jump onto 2nd last pillar, and pillar
climb, jumping off from the archway. Double vault over small flowerbed,
cross the small road and vault the railing. If traffic is low, balance
along the railing, and arm jump to the frame before the zebra crossing.
- Cross the zebra crossing, and cat balance or run
up the angled wall. At the far end, dismount and jump over the small
walls, heading behind the bus stop.
- Turn right between Insley and Burton houses, then
immediately left, past a garden with flowery railings. Go through the
gate into the play park, and take a running jump for the monkey swing.
Go across the bridge, then turn right and vault over the high rail
(2.6m). Avoid the sawn off sections in the otherwise soft landing. Dive
and swing between swings, then, if dry, exit over the railing using the
seat. Head back onto the main road and turn right.
- Run along the low brick wall towards the
roundabout, and turn right at the far end of the church, then
immediately left, heading for the angled wall at the far corner.
- Cat balance or run up the angled wall. At the
railing, lazy vault over, then follow the falling line of wooden edges
with a series of three precision jumps back to road level (slippery when
wet). Turn left and dash vault over the rubbish bin. Continue back to
- Mount up on the long blue balance next to he
roundabout and follow it as far as possible. Leap frog over the nine
high posts past the road sign, cross the road, then wall run and get up
on the wall. Continue along the wall (bush dependent) to the end, then
take a running jump over the stairway onto the small road raised from
the main road and follow it to its end. If youíre feeling energetic,
climb the concrete lamppost, before continuing along the path.
- Vault over the railing into the underpass. The
later the vault is left, the longer the fall. Go through the underpass.
- At the far end of the underpass is a conveniently
(or inconveniently) placed spotting mirror, and a humongous wall run. If
you canít make the wall run (is it possible?) turn right up the slope.
At the top, exit early and vault over railings towards the superstore.
- Turn left, and at the corner, cross the road,
heading for the large yellow gate of the far car park. Vault this, and
head for the other yellow gate further on. Cross the bridge over the
river, to Three Mills.
You can continue the route down to bow locks, where there is some light
entertainment, and a good bridge climb beneath the two enormous black pipes
across the river.