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Sunday, 5 January 2020

Sunday Walk – A short suburban walk (Crystal Palace to Forest Hill)

Extra Walk 137 – Crystal Palace to Forest Hill
Length: 13¼ km (8.2 miles). Toughness: 3/10

Meet outside Crystal Palace station (TfL Zones 3/4) to start at 11:15. There's a bunch of trains arriving just before then, with the simplest being a direct (but slow) Caterham service leaving London Bridge at 10:35, arriving at 11:05.

A Journey Planner enquiry from your local station might suggest one of these alternatives: a Southern train from Clapham Junction (arr 10:54) or East Croydon (arr 11:10) or West Croydon (arr 11:14), or a London Overground train from Highbury & Islington (arr 11:04).

If you get there early you could walk up to the small Crystal Palace Museum which in theory should be opening at 11am, and intercept the main group as it passes by at around 11:20.

At the end of the walk there are London Overground trains from Forest Hill (Zone 3) every 5-10 minutes; northbound trains connect with the Jubilee line at Canada Water, but are not stopping at Whitechapel. There are no Southern trains from Forest Hill this Sunday.

This is a surprisingly hilly little suburban walk in south London, with a few muddy stretches in Dulwich and Sydenham Hill Woods to ensnare people wearing trainers. As well as free museums at both ends of the walk (plus the Dulwich Picture Gallery in the middle: £9) you can admire the famous Crystal Palace Dinosaurs in the park. There are a couple of pubs en route if you want a proper Sunday lunch, or cafés for something lighter. At the end of the walk there's a café in the Horniman Museum and more tea places on the road to Forest Hill station.

You'll need to bring the directions (with street maps) from the Crystal Palace to Forest Hill walk page. These point out several places where you can drop out or shorten the walk.

1 comment:

David said...

w=overcast n=27 Two separate groups of walkers congregated outside Crystal Palace station, one of which (clearly not SWC) were rather more youthful in appearance. They set off just before us and turned downhill from the station, following the Capital Ring in an anticlockwise direction. We, numbering twenty-two, turned uphill, to be joined soon afterwards, by three others, who had gone to have a look at the nearby museum, and rather later by two defectors from the more youthful group. Almost immediately, we split up into small groups and proceeded at a nice gentle pace through Crystal Palace Park, pausing to have a good look at the dinosaurs on the way. At lunch, one group headed for the pubs of Dulwich Village, while others lunched at or picnicked outside the café in Dulwich Park.
At Horniman Museum, some admired the view across to the City before paying a brief visit to the museum to round off a very pleasant day.