This is a sponsored post on behalf of Don't Miss A Medal.
Although transport overcrowding has not been as bad as predicted, getting to the Olympic Park and other venues by train or bus isn't exactly a relaxing experience. For those who can, a free guided walk or cycle ride to the venues could be a much more cheery option. Not only will you avoid the crowds but you will be able to see the sights and keep active.
Free Guided Walks To Venues
The Ramblers, Britain's walking charity, has organised a schedule of guided walks to most of the venues. For example, you might want to explore lesser-known areas of the East End on a ramble from East Ham station to the Olympic Park, taking in peaceful parks and quiet urban streets, the old art deco Trebor sweet factory, a Hindu temple and other historic buildings. At the other end of town, you could try a walk from Fulham Broadway through the historic Brompton Cemetery to Earl's Court for the volleyball.
There are still dozens of free walks to choose from during the remainder of the Olympics and the entire Paralympics. All are free, and you don't even need to book (although you're encouraged to do so, so they can keep an eye on numbers). See the complete programme here.
Free Guided Cycle Rides To Venues
The bike tours are organised by cycle charity Sustrans and Bike Buddies. As with the walks, the programme runs through the entire Olympics and Paralympic periods, with dozens of options. For example, you might join a tour from Tower Bridge to ExCel, or from the Design Museum to the North Greenwich Arena. Again, it's best to book ahead, but feel free to simply turn up on the day.
Although the rides and walks are timed to coincide with Olympic events, you don't need to be a ticket holder to go along. The tours can be considered as a free way to be guided round an unfamiliar part of London, and then feel the Olympic buzz outside the stadia and Park.