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Saturday, 24 February 2018

Petts Wood Circular


Length: 12km (8m)
Tougness: 1 / 10
Transport: Two options: Either take the 9:55 from London Victoria arriving at 10:30 or take the 10:05 from London Charing Cross arriving 10:36. The walkers from Victoria should wait for the walkers from Charing Cross. Return trains are frequent to either Victoria or Charing Cross.

This is the first outing of this new walk. From the description:

This is an easy and pleasant walk through woodlands nestled in the middle of London's South-Eastern suburbs. Petts Wood was saved by locals from developers in the early part of the 20th century while Scadbury Park has been in private ownership for centuries until it was bought by Bromley Council in 1983. Bromley Council declared it a Nature Reserve and opened it to the public. In Petts Wood there is a memorial to William Willett who built many houses in South-East London and campaigned for the introduction of Daylight Savings Time. Scadbury Park was for some time owned by the Walsingham family who had close relationships with Tudor monarchs including Elizabeth I. The ruins of their manor house can still be seen.


Anonymous said...

It looks to me like Petts Wood is in Zone 5

Marion said...

Intend coming and catching the 10.08 train from waterloo east

David said...

n=21 walkers set off from Petts Wood station on this w=cold_sunny_day. Apart from a few muddy patches, conditions on this woodland walk were near perfect, sheltered as we were most of the time from the raw east wind. The walk meanders through Petts Wood, Scadbury Park Nature Reserve and Hawkwood, passing Willetts Memorial sundial, with its Latin inscription (horas non numero nisi aestivas = I count only the summer hours) in tribute to William Willett, who campaigned in the early 20th century for the introduction of daylight saving, only to die in 1915, a year before it was introduced. Later we walked past Scadbury Park Moated Manor House, another site of historic interest. Most walkers stopped at the Bulls Head Hotel in Chiselhurst for lunch. This new walk lies well within the London zones and yet feels remarkably rural in nature. The directions were generally easy to follow.