A Stomp Through South London

The rain stopped! The break in the weather provided the perfect opportunity for a wintery walk through South London’s leafiest parts. The wintery part of it wasn’t really evident though, as at times a t-shirt would have been enough to stay warm! We followed the green chain walk through Crystal Palace and Sydenham.

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We had planned to stop at the Horniman Museum for a coffee, but the girl’s machine was broken so we had a couple of beers instead. It had just turned midday, so it’s fine right? We sat amongst screaming children and pigeons, admiring the conservatory.

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The second half of the walk is mainly cemeteries, which Hayley isn’t particularly keen on, but we were able to spot a few colourful parakeets. Walking through Brenchley Gardens we stopped to smell the roses which seemed to be out very late. This warm November weather has everything confused, even the flowers.

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We decided to add One Tree Hill onto our walk. As we wandered up the steps, through the woods, we were greeted by a bunch of chirping goldcrests. A robin hopped on in front, leading us to the Oak of Honor at the top.

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Once at the top we found a man meditating on the old gun platform. Although the sky was cloudy, it was clear and we were able to see all the way to St Paul’s and the city.

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We stomped on after taking in the views. We saw a multicoloured tree. As we reached the end of the green chain section, we saw the London Eye in the distance. Sunday adventures are the best.

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