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"South London's Green Chain Walk" Walking and Walking Tours Tip by Spincat

Walking and Walking Tours, London: 99 reviews and 144 photos

  Green chain walk
by Spincat

South East London is very green - so many parks, common ground and forgotten corners. The cleverly planned Green Chain walk takes advantage of this - you can walk for miles through what seems like countryside, crossing one side of South East London to another , only occasionally venturing onto pavement.

On stretches of the walk you can see Maryon Park where the final sequence of Antonioni’s movie “Blow up” was filmed; Charlton House, a Jacobean mansion, said to be haunted; the Thames Barrier, the world’s largest movable flood barrier; Crystal Palace Park, where the great glass palace from the Great Exhibition burnt to the ground (you can still see strange sculptures, and life- size dinosaurs in the old pleasure gardens); Lesnes Abbey where remains of an Augustinian monastery can be seen, along with a lovely formal garden; Thamesmead Town, one of the locations for Stanley Kubrick’s “Clockwork Orange” and a Tudor great hall, part of Eltham Palace.

For more information about the walk, and for useful maps, see teh website below

Address: Various types to choose from in London.
Directions: The map of the walk is from the Green Chain walk website

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 19, 2006
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