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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Evening Walk - Brockwell Park and Brixton Windmill - Herne Hill to Brixton

Length: 6.2 km (3.8 mi)
Ascent: 85m
Net Walking Time: 1 ½ hour

Meet at Herne Hill station (Railton Road side) at 18.40.
From Central London, either take the 18.28 Orpington train from Victoria (18.35 Brixton), arriving Herne Hill at 18.37, or the Thameslink service to Sutton (18.12 St. Pancras via all stations to Blackfriars (18.21) then Elephant & Castle and Loughborough Junction), arriving 18.34.
From Outer London: either take the 18.19 train from Bromley South (via Beckenham J, arrives 18.38) or the 18.16 from Sutton to St. Alban’s City (arrives 18.41).
Return trains from Brixton: every 15 mins to Victoria or direction Orpington. There is also the Victoria Line…

This is a short meandering route through a small but well-kept urban park in Southeast London on raised ground within the valleys shaped by one of London’s Hidden Rivers, The Effra, and a couple of its tributaries. Created from the purchase of the existing private gardens of the Brockwell Hall estate and some smaller neighbouring properties, it is noted for its 19th century layout as a gracious public park, a clocktower, water garden, and walled garden, as much as for the Art Deco Brockwell Lido. Brockwell Hall has served as a café since the opening of the park in 1892 (but will be shut for the day).
The Alternative Ending to Brixton passes Brixton Windmill and ends at POP Brixton, a two-storey food and drink emporium full of exciting start-up businesses.
Don’t like Brixton? Finish on the Circular Walk back at Herne Hill…

For walk directions, map, height profile, and gpx/kml files click here.
Tea: Plenty of options at POP Brixton, near the station. T=short.39.a

3 comments:

Unknown said...

My train gets into Herne Hill at 18.41, would people be able to wait 1 minute for me?

Thomas G said...

they sure will

Thomas G said...

8 walkers met at Herne Hill off the various trains, 1 other was bumped into on a traffic island 100m away, having just gotten off a bus herself. Us 9 went on along the circuitous route through the small but gorgeous Brockwell Park incl. the walled garden and - with the cafe shut for the evening - wasted no time to exit towards the red brick Tulse Hill Estate and across to Brixton (2 went back to Herne Hill station at this point, quoting other appointments).
At the windmill 1 other walker was awaiting us, so n=10 in total.
The windmill had been refurbished last year and looked splendid, but this year it's the forecourt's turn (a cafe and an education centre are being built), so we couldn't quite get close enough to the mill.
Down the hill we went through some nice residential roads (several of the group had lived in the area decades ago and some had not been back since, they were pleasantly surprised as you can imagine). We then picked up an unwanted talkative extra companion at Windrush Square, who tailed us for a while, but all 8 remaining walkers made it to POP Brixton for a drink and a wander. Some stayed on for dinner at Roe. w=dry-and-warmish