Croydon Meander

Sat 12th Dec 2020

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Event Type
Group Walk
Region / Area
Southern England / London
Local Group
London
Distance
17.9ml.
Start Time
09.20
Route
South Croydon

A winding route through assorted green spaces in the country's 18 most-wooded local authority area, with a short excursion over the border into Tandridge, at no point going further than 3.7 miles in a straight line from the starting point! Expect a fair bit of mud and undulation

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Croydon Meander, Saturday 12th December 2020
6 walkers, 17.9 miles - leader Gavin Fuller
As with the first weekend once the original Lockdown was over the first of which a social walk was planned after Lockdown 2.0 saw a gloomy day for the recommencement of the programme. Nevertheless the maximum permitted number of 6 convened at South Croydon for a meandering walk through plenty of mud taking in numerous green spaces mainly in what had been recently revealed to be England's 18th-most wooded local authority area, with an excursion across the border into Surrey to take in Riddlesdown and the local commons. Starting with the climb to Croham Hurst, there was then further ascent to the highest point of the walk at 575ft/175m in Sanderstead Plantation, with plenty of further undulations to follow in the likes of Selsdon Wood, Littleheath Wood and the Addington Hills, where the group discovered just why it is in the plural in a traverse across the area. Descending down to Shirley, they were then surprised to discover a post mill in a housing estate, and after a path through a surprisingly deserted golf course the sun came out just as the penultimate park - Lloyd Park - was reached, adding interest with its illumination of the trees. One last park, Park Hill, passing Croydon's defunct water tower, took the group almost to the doorstep of the finishing point of East Croydon, having done 1,112ft of ascent en route in what was something of a voyage of discovery for most of those taking part.
Photographs by Gavin Fuller

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