Glorious sunshine and no plans. Perfect. My friends and I hit the green chain trail to explore some of South London’s leafiest locations. A short train journey from Nunhead took us out to pastures new. As we left Nunhead we looked out over the city, its pointy bits shining in the sun.
We took one look at the ticket price for Eltham Palace and swerved it for the peace and quiet of the green chain walk. The trail took us alongside the palace, past riding stables and donkey fields. Still in the distance the city shone, now much further away.
We tore ourselves from the Donkeys and continued along the trail to ‘Railway Children Walk’ where Edith Nesbit took the inspiration for her story. We sat on a bench in a secluded spot in a nature reserve overlooking a pond filled with tadpoles and, strangely, potatoes. The reserve was filled with butterflies, although I was too slow to capture most of them on camera. The following subjects were particularly slow and unafraid.
The sundrenched paths were so beautiful, making it easy to forget we were straddling one of the biggest sections of rail in South London. Walking over the bridge, we left the reserve behind and walked towards suburbia. House names like ‘Cotswold Cottage’ and ‘The Laurels’, gave us a fairly good indication of the neighbourhood.
We ended up in Beckenham Place, after quite a few sunny miles, surrounded by bluebells. This stretch of the Green Chain is very, very serene. Bank holiday weekends don’t get much better.