Woodlands of south-east London (linear)

Tue 14th Jun 2016

Walk Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Southern England
Local Group
Start Time
Meet Abbey Wood stn (depart Cannon Street 17.39 or London Bridge 17.42), finish Falconwood stn, four trains/hr back to London

Linear route via the Green Chain Walk and other paths including Lesnes Abbey Wood, Bostall Wood, Shooters Hill, Oxleas Wood and Eltham Park

General Notes
The second of four walks in three weeks based on the leader's forthcoming Cicerone guide to London. Falcon pub (Harvester) at finish. Registered assistance dogs only

Entry Details:


Walk Report

Woodlands of South-East London, Tuesday 14th June 2016
6 walkers, 7 miles - leader Peter Aylmer
We started from Abbey Wood station, which has both an abbey (Lesnes Abbey) and a wood (Lesnes Abbey Wood, full of glorious beech trees) though for Londoners will be more famous soon as an eastern terminus of Crossrail. For much of the way we followed the Green Chain Walk, through Bostall Woods - a lovely glade - Plumstead Common, and up past the oaks of Shooters Hill, the hill that is not the road, with its views back to Essex. We spent a few minutes on Shooters Hill the road before passing the folly of Severndroog Castle - seven counties in view from the top, if you can pass it when it's open - and an interlude through Jackwood before the wonderful Oxleas Wood. One of London's great ancient woodlands, it was due to be obliterated by a road scheme in the 1990s, until sense finally prevailed. A brief leg through Shepherdleas Woods took us to Falconwood station (wood yes, falcons no) or rather the eponymous pub just over the road.
Photograph by Peter Aylmer



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