Happy Valley

Wed 22nd Jun 2016

Walk Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
7ml.
Start Time
18.30
Route
Start and finish Coulsdon South stn (depart Victoria 17.49 or 17.59 London Bridge). Return trains half-hourly, pace will be timed to coincide!

Figure-of-eight walk around chalk downland rich in wild flowers. Also includes Chaldon church

General Notes
The third of four walks in three weeks based on the leader's forthcoming Cicerone guide to London. Registered assistance dogs only
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Walk Report

Happy Valley, Wednesday 22nd June 2016
7 walkers, 6 miles - leader Peter Aylmer
We braved the misery of Southern Railway to gather at Coulsdon South station to try out another of the walks in Peter's forthcoming book.
There's a yew tree avenue at the start before we swooped down into and up out of Happy Valley, a chalk dene on the fringes of Croydon. In its upper reaches we crossed beautiful wild-flower meadows full of yellow-rattle and orchids.
Crossing back through the valley again, we reached Chaldon church, just over the Surrey boundary. Alas it was locked - not surprising at 8pm. Those of us who had been there before recommended the others to come back to view its 'Heaven and Hell' wall painting, full of monsters that are still scary after more than 800 years.
After a longer stretch in the valley bottom, we enjoyed glorious evening light on the ridge of Farthing Down, with distant views to the City. And the return train most of us wanted was conveniently late, so we caught it instead of missed it!

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