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Friday, 23 August 2019

Evening Walk – The Battle of the Summer Pavilions (I): Dulwich (Sydenham Hill to Dulwich Village)

Length: 6.6 km (4.1 mi)
Net Walking Time: 1 ½ hrs

Meet: Sydenham Hill Station/College Road exit (Zone 3) at 18.45  (i.e. take the 18.28 Orpington train from Victoria (Brixton 18.35, Herne Hill 18.37), arrives Sydenham Hill at 18.42).
Return: from West Dulwich (one stop closer to London), every 15 minutes on xx.05

Dulwich Picture Gallery  has its bi-annual Summer Pavilion back this year, rivalling the established West London one at the Serpentine Gallery. And it’s got Free Friday Lates. Let’s be checking it out… (Note: Friday Lates are free, but must be booked ahead. Book your ticket here.)

This walk takes you through Dulwich Wood & Sydenham Hill Wood (together the largest extant part of the ancient Great North Wood in the Borough of Southwark), the splendid Horniman Gardens  (with fine views of the City of London) and Dulwich Park, finishing in Dulwich Village for refreshments. If you get disorientated in Dulwich Wood or Sydenham Hill Wood, don’t worry too much as wandering around, you will in time come across the car wide metal bridge, from which you may resume the directions.

Tea: apart from the Pavilion Bar, there are the Crown & Greyhound and various bars and restaurants in Dulwich Village, and Belair House Bar & Restaurant on the way to the station.

For walk directions, map, photos, and gpx/kml files click here. T=short.9


Thomas G said...

13 met at Sydenham Hill at about the posted time (the Victoria train was a few minutes late), and then bumped into 1 other, then 1 more other in Sydenham Woods, who had bused it to the Horniman Gallery from home/work and reverse-walked the route until they met us. A 16th walker had missed the train, eagerly cut out the loop through Horniman Park as a means of catching us up, but inadvertendly had overtaken us by doing that, so was awaiting us at the Dulwich Picture Gallery when we got there. All (seemingly) had booked tickets, and conveniently one of the hourly free guided tours through the current exhibition was about to start, so most went on that.
The rest admired the pavilion (it looks more interesting in reality than on the pictures you may have seen in the press) and then sat in the garden with a drink from the pop-up cocktail bar. As dusk descended, and with no sign yet of the free tour attendees re-emerging, 5 went on to the trusted Rocca Italian Restaurant.
Splendid evening.
Weather: w=perfect Attendees: n=16 Of that number also on yesterday's Wanstead Park walk: 3

Anonymous said...

So, 25 different walkers over 2 consecutive evenings. Of those, current regular Wednesday day walkers: 1