The first phase of what was initially called the Silver Jubilee Walkway was opened by the unveiling of a bronze plaque at the South Bank Lion, in 1977. The unveiling of panels marking new sections of the Walkway continued apace (e.g. in 1988), despite the 'final' section having been inaugurated on 14 July 1978. After the Golden Jubilee the walkway was renamed "Jubilee Walkway".
Initiated by environmentalist Max Nicholson.