Attractive park in SE London by the Ravensbourne River. Famous for its bluebells, wet woodland, wild swimming lake, ornamental gardens and Palladian mansion.
Beckenham Hill Station
4.9 km (3.0 mi) Ascent/Descent: 70/82m
Time: 1 ¼ hours walking time
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This partly undulating route winds its way through an attractive park in South East London, partly on grounds formerly used for a public golf course. The park is bounded to the east by the Ravensbourne River and the route initially follows parts of the well-waymarked Waterlink Way along it through open meadows. You then cross the railway line into the more undulating westerly part of the park, famous for its bluebell displays in season. Recent major investments in the landscaping of the park have spawned some interesting new features: A Mounded Garden, a Wet Woodland, a Wild Swimming Lake and the replanted Ornamental Garden with its beautiful café in the former homestead of the mansion.
There is a late bar and another daytime café as well, both in the Palladian Beckenham Place Mansion.
Please keep to the main paths in the woods– especially during bluebell season – unless where stated.
The route is walkable at all times of the day.
Ravensbourne and Beckenham Hill are stations on the Catford Loop Line, a branch line off the Chatham Main Line, providing a suburban stopping service from Central London via Elephant & Castle to Sevenoaks, operated by Thameslink. Both stations are located in Zone 4. Travel time to Ravensbourne is 31 minutes from Blackfriars. Beckenham Hill is one stop closer to Central London.
Beckenham Place Café Beckenham Place Mansion, Beckenham Place Park, Beckenham, BR3 1SY. Open 09.00-15.00 Mon-Fri, 09.00-16.00 Sat-Sun in Autumn and Winter, one hour longer in Spring and Summer.
Beckenham Place Park
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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