Clapham Junction to North Downs

Sat 3rd Jan 2009

Walk Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Southern England
Local Group
Start Time
Clapham Junction Stn (St John's Hill Main exit). Very frequent trains from Victoria
General Notes
Return from East Croydon. If you catch the 08:06, 08:13 or 08:17 train from Victoria you should arrive at Clapham Junction in plenty of time. Lunch will be in a very cheep and cheerful place near Crystal Palace station. There is a pub nearby though the food there is most definitely not a gastronomical highlight. You can also bring sandwiches and eat them in the park. I hope to finish around 4 pm. If necessary I may shorten the walk by a mile or so by using the Croydon Tramlink rather than endure a boring trudge to East Croydon in the dark. You will need an Oyster (90p) or Freedom Pass for this. The pace of the walk will be moderate. Ldr Susanne Waldschmidt
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Walk Report

Clapham Junction to North Downs, Saturday 3rd January 2009
14 walkers, 19 miles - leader Susanne Waldschmidt
14 walkers for a very quirky walk in brilliant, cold but very sunny weather through the open spaces of South London, including Clapham Common, Dulwich Park and Woods, Crystal Palace Park, Norwood Country Park etc. Highlights were Brixton prison and windmill, the manor in Brockwell Park, where we warmed up with a morning coffee, the dinosaurs, Addington Hill, with the sunset over London and the tram ride to East Croydon. Arins Cafe turned out to be a real find. Excellent, cheap food with friendly and efficient service. I think the few, who went to the pub rather regretted the micro-waved pizzas and Fawlty Towers service. They had been warned. We managed to complete the walk comfortably before sunset. Lots of new faces but I think most enjoyed the walk, the company and above all the weather.


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