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The London Loop -
Bexley Station to Petts Wood Station
Walking through Woods of Scadbury Park Nature Reserve
The London Loop Leg 11
Bexley Station to Petts Wood Station
Saturday, 27th October, 2007
The London Loop is a 140 mile walk around London and roughly just inside the M25 (although you do not see it) passing through as many green places as possible such as parks, woods, commons, riverside protected areas and open farmland.
The West Essex Ramblers covered this in about 10 mile stretches over the period 2006 to 2008.
We followed the path using "The London Loop" by David Sharp, ISBN1854107593, £13 rrp.
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Some commentary on the photos,
which is also a reflection on the walk
[Road information is just to help identify where we were].
Early arrivals at Bexley Station had coffee, in a cafe, in Bexley High Street opposite
the Styleman's Arms Houses (built 1755) -
We walked down Tanyard Lane from Bexley High Street. For today's itinerary (Image 1) we stopped next to Bexley Cricket Club (Image 2) . Soon we crossed a pleasant reclaimed landfill area (Image 4). The path continued between two fields where we passed this red brick building bordering the railway (image 3).
We came close to houses at Albany Park, but turned left almost immediately then headed down towards the river Cray. This tree (Image 1) was by a footbridge over the Cray. The path turned right, beside Goldsmith College Sports Ground, then we continued close to the river (Images 2, 3 & 4).
We had a coffee break. The Five Arch Bridge (Images 1-
The information board for Foots Clay Meadows is beside the Five Arch Bridge. Notice how cleverly it shows both sides of the bridge through its two pictures.
From the far end of the lake we walked through Foots Cray Meadows -
Rectory Lane had lots of traffic. All Saints church was just to our right (Image 1). We did a bit of road walking through Foots Cray. This field was very autumnal (Images 3 & 4). Finally we walked to Sidcup Place (Image 2) where we stopped for lunch (no real ale!).
We crossed the A20 heading SE. This path (Image 1) was probably in Little Wood, Scadbury Park Nature Reserve. We turned left (Image 2) onto a nice tree lined path (Image 3). The information board (Image 4) was about Scadbury Moat Manor House.
We left the Loop to visit the ruins of Scadbury Moated Manor House. Read the information board in section 8 for details.
We left Scadbury Manor along this path.
We continued through the woods towards the Larches.
In the wood there were pleasant views including this autumnal tree (Image 1) and
a vast oak (Images 3 & 4) -
Airy woodland near St Paul's Cray Common.
A couple of minutes before reaching the next information board we stopped for a coffee break. A rambler from Croydon, who had joined us for the day, enjoyed a good seat.
An information board covering Petts Wood and Hawkwood Estate; Chislehurst and St Paul's Cray Commons, showed where we were. To the right of the "You are Here" arrow, the location of the William Willett memorial can be seen.
We retraced our steps to the spot where the William Willett memorial and a fine yellow
leafed tree are located (two images) . The memorial has a sundial on one side, which
has been set to show "Daylight Saving Time (DST)" -
Click for information about William Willett
Another memorial, this one is dedicated to Francis Edlmann who saved Petts Wood in 1927 and to Robert & Francesca Hall who gave it to the National Trust in 1957.
At the edge of Petts Wood, we curved to our right following the railway (Image 1). On the right were several fields, the first is shown in Image 2. After a short distance we turned left, crossed a stream (Image 3) then walked on until we reached a railway bridge. I think I took this photograph of a field (Image 4), the third we reached, from the bridge.
A train spotters paradise, TQ 441 684 ! We came to three, adjacent, railway bridges
Our last countryside view between the three bridges and Petts Wood Station. We took the path seen to the right of the parallel track.
|Grid Ref. & OS Map|
|Etiquette & Rules|
|Family Walk 1|
|Family Walk 2|
|Mile End & Olympics|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 1|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 2|
|Shakespeare's Way- Leg 3|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 4|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 5|
|Shakespeare's Way- Leg 6|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 7|
|Shakespeare's Way- Leg 8|
|Shakespeare's Way - 10, 11|
|Shakespeare's Way 12,13,14|
|London Loop - Leg 1|
|London Loop - Leg 2|
|London Loop - Leg 3|
|London Loop - Leg 4|
|London Loop -Leg 5|
|London Loop - Leg 6|
|London Loop - Leg 7|
|London Loop - Leg 8|
|London Loop - Leg 9|
|London Loop - Leg 10|
|London Loop - Leg 11|
|London Loop - Leg 12|
|London Loop - Leg 13|
|London Loop - Leg 14|
|London Loop - Leg 15|
|Norfolk Coastal Path|
|Brecon Beacons - Ross's View|
|Isle of Wight - September 2010|
|Weymouth - Ross's View|
|Crete Page 1 of 3 by JJ|
|Crete Page 2 of 3 by JJ|
|Crete Page 3 of 3 by JJ|
|Crete Mosaic Photos|
|Evia - Map|
|Evia - Ferry Trip|
|Evia - Karystos|
|Evia - Day 1|
|Evia - Day 2|
|Evia - Day 3|
|Evia - Day 4|
|Evia - Day 5|
|Evia - Day 6|
|Santo Domingo de Silos|