Bromley - short walks

The London Borough of Bromley is London’s greenest borough and includes extensive areas of countryside just outside the built-up southern edges of London. Their Environment Department has devised more than a dozen circular walks through rural areas of the borough, of between 4 and 7.5 miles in length. Each walk has a short cut option for those who don’t want to complete the full route. All are predominantly rural in nature though some include short stretches of suburban roads.

A downloadable PDF leaflet for each of the walks is available at Each leaflet includes basic but mainly adequate walk directions, with descriptions of features encountered on the walk and an Ordnance Survey based map of the route with contour lines. Each walk is also waymarked throughout its length and can be walked in either direction, though it is easiest to follow the direction described in the leaflet. The waymark signs are not always easy to spot, and a few appear to be missing, so it could be useful to have a map and compass to hand.

Though fairly short, any of these walks makes a pleasant half-day walk, and the longer ones can be used as a full day winter walk by those who prefer a leisurely pace. Several of them overlap each other or sections of existing SWC walks, e.g. Whyteleafe to Hayes, Hayes Circular, Hayes to Knockholt, Knockholt Circular. They could therefore be linked to create longer walks if desired. In each case the majority of the route is unique and covers parts of the countryside not covered by any other walk.

All the walks are accessible by public transport, and several of them can be reached by train, though some require a bus journey too. However, if you are avoiding public transport during lockdown you may prefer to drive to the start of the walk or to some convenient point along the route. Since all the walks are circular, they can be joined at any point. Expect most of the walks to be muddy in parts after spells of wet weather.

Here are details of how to access the walks by public transport. Buses take you direct to some point on the walk. Some bus services are only half-hourly or even hourly, so check times on the TfL website.

Petts Wood

4 miles [+600m]

Train from Charing Cross, Cannon Street or Victoria.

Turn left on station footbridge, right on Queensway, straight ahead on Crest View Drive, and right into Tent Peg Lane, joining the walk at the start.

Bromley Common

4 miles

Bus 208 from Bromley South station to Crown Lane Spur. Buses 61, 261 & 320 also pass Crown Lane Spur; alight at The Crown and continue ahead for 180m. Join the walk at point 11.


4.2 miles [+1.3km]

Train from Charing Cross or Cannon Street to Hayes (Kent).

Go past The New Inn (Reagans), up Station Hill, straight on across Hayes Common & through woods, taking left-hand path, cross Croydon Road, take path straight ahead for 100m, turn left at Hast Hill House to follow London Loop and Nash CW signs, joining the walk at point 7.


4.5 miles

Bus 358 from Bromley South to Farnborough High Street/Church Road

St Paul’s Cray

5 miles [+1km]

Train from Victoria or Blackheath to St Mary Cray.

Turn left along station footbridge, right along Station Approach, then left into Sevenoaks Way (A224) for 750m to cross it at a pedestrian crossing, joining the walk just before point 4. To finish the walk, cross the recreation ground to its right-hand corner in section 2, turn right into Chipperfield Road and follow it to the station, crossing Leesons Hill at a staggered junction.

Three Commons

5 miles [+200m]

Train from Charing Cross or Cannon Street to Hayes (Kent).

Go past The New Inn (Reagans) and up Station Hill to the start of the walk.

Leaves Green

6.5 miles

Bus 246 or 320 from Bromley South station to Leaves Green/Ashmore Lane. Bus 246 also serves Hayes (Kent) station.


6.5 miles

Train from Charing Cross to Chelsfield

Go up ramp from station platform (not over footbridge) and cross Warren Road to The Highway.

Biggin Hill

7 miles

Tram from East Croydon to New Addington, then Bus 464 to Biggin Hill/Black Horse. Or Bus 246 or 320 from Bromley South to Biggin Hill/Black Horse (takes longer overall)


7.5 miles

Bus 146 from Bromley South to Downe High Street.

Join walk at point 7

Green St Green

7.5 miles

Train from Charing Cross to Chelsfield

Go up ramp from station platform (not over footbridge) and cross Warren Road to The Highway. Join walk at point 3.

Berry’s Green

7.5 miles

Bus 246 from Bromley South or Hayes (Kent) stations to Aperfield Inn.

Join walk at point 8.