A challenging walk, the greatest rewards

Date: Sunday 4th February 2018

Distance: 7 miles

Start Time: 10:15

Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes to 4 hours 30 minutes

  • Historical
  • Ramble

Meeting Point: Belvedere station

Nearest Station (Start): Belvedere station

End Point: Shooters Hill

Nearest Station (End): Shooters Hill Buses - detailed in practicality section of walk description

Cost: Free

Email: info@walklondon.org.uk

Telephone: 020 3151 1151

Booking Advice:

Booking is required.
There are 2 remaining places available.


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If you’re fit and truly want to be rid of the excesses of late December this is the walk for you. It’s muddy, steep, strenuous and the pace will be brisk, yet the rewards are outstanding.

This is the most attractive route within London’s footpath network. In the winter conditions underfoot can be challenging so stout, waterproof footwear is essential. There will be miles when you’ll have no idea that you are within a city as we climb through extensive and dense 8,000 year old woodland, the Capital’s finest tract of primordial verdancy. Within that woodland we’ll meet one of London’s least known ancient monuments, the ruins of Lesnes Abbey.

Having already met notable gradients we now start climbing consistently to well over 400 feet. As we progress you’ll notice ever more extensive views unfolding and at every stage you can be sure of even better views and landscape before you. A Victorian interlude at Plumstead Common precedes further ascent towards Shooters Hill and if the weather is clear, views out to the North Sea. The summit of Shooters Hill with its great vista over Kent and Surrey is crowned by yet more ancient woodland and nestling within it we’ll find the remarkable Severndroog Castle (£3 admission fee). This is our target and prompt arrival promises a wonderfully historic building and views over seven Counties. A dramatic end to an exceptional walk that leaves none disappointed and a very short distance from plentiful buses to home.

If you have any queries about this walk, feel free to contact the walk leader – Ian Bull.

Tel: 020 7223 3572  email: ianbull@btinternet.com


A packed lunch is essential and it will have to be consumed outside.

Severndroog Castle charges £3.00p admission.

Conveniences. Lesnes Abbey (1.5 miles), Bostall Woods (2.75 miles) where we’ll be having lunch, Shooters Hill (6.3 miles) and Severndroog Castle (7 miles).

Buses are the only public transport from Shooters Hill.

89 For Lewisham main line and DLR stations.

244 For Woolwich Arsenal main line and DLR stations.

486 For Charlton main line station and North Greenwich Jubilee Line station.

Advice Note:

Due to the uneven terrain along this route it is not recommended for wheelchair users. Stout, waterproof footwear is essential. The route is very steep in parts and is likely to be muddy and slippery.

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