Lesnes Abbey Ruins

SWC Short Walk 43 - Lesnes Abbey Woods with Bostall Woods (Abbey Wood Circular)

05-Feb-20 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Monk's Garden, with Abbot's Crozier in centre

SWC Short Walk 43 - Lesnes Abbey Woods with Bostall Woods (Abbey Wood Circular)

05-Feb-20 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Monk's Statue, Lesnes Abbey Woods

SWC Short Walk 43 - Lesnes Abbey Woods with Bostall Woods (Abbey Wood Circular)

09-May-20 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Mulberry Tree by Lesnes Abbey Ruins

SWC Short Walk 43 - Lesnes Abbey Woods with Bostall Woods (Abbey Wood Circular)

09-May-20 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Rhododendrons, near Lesnes Abbey Ruins and Woods

SWC Short Walk 43 - Lesnes Abbey Woods with Bostall Woods (Abbey Wood Circular)

09-May-20 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Tree Growing in Abbey Ruins' Corner

SWC Short Walk 43 - Lesnes Abbey Woods with Bostall Woods (Abbey Wood Circular)

11-Dec-19 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Canary Wharf and City of London beyond Lesnes Abbey Ruins

SWC Short Walk 43 - Lesnes Abbey Woods with Bostall Woods (Abbey Wood Circular)

11-Dec-19 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Lesnes Abbey Woods with Bostall Woods walk

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Thu, 15-Apr-21

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Tue, 13-Apr-21 8

Bluebells in the Evening (I) - Lesnes Abbey Woods (Abbey Wood Circular)

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In early 2020 I created three new short walks in SE London to feature under a “Bluebell Evening Walks in SE London” headline, but of course they never got an outing due to Lockdown I. Here they are, now as part of a series of five Evening Bluebell Walks right across London. Disclaimer: as I haven’t walked any of these during the relevant season, I don’t know which of the woods are ‘early bluebell’ and which are ‘late bluebell’. We’ll find out, but Lesnes Abbey Woods have the advantage that they are also full of wild daffs and other flower-folk, so this may be a good time for the walk anyway…

Ornamental Gardens, Ancient Woodlands, Ponds and Heathland, centred on the enchanting ruins of Lesnes Abbey. Undulating.

Length: 5.2 km/3.2 mi
Ascent/Descent: 127m
Net Walking Time: ca. 1 ½ hours
Toughness: 1 out of 10
Take the 18.06 SouthEastern train from Cannon Street (London Bridge 18.10, Greenwich for DLR 18.18, Woolwich Arsenal for DLR 18.32), arrives Abbey Wood 18.37. Abbey Wood is in Zone 4.
Return trains: xx.08, xx.18, xx.38, xx.48), all via London Bridge to Cannon Street.
This is an undulating route on the boundary of the Boroughs of Bexley (Lesnes Abbey Woods) and Greenwich (Bostall Woods) in South East London, based upon the atmospheric ruins of Lesnes Abbey, surrounded by a beautiful park with some ornamental gardens and towered over by ancient and secondary woodland, with a high extent of sessile oaks, some large wildflower meadows with bluebells and native wild daffodils in spring and several scenic ponds. A heathland with an Iron Age tumulus and some acid grassland are passed through as well.
Refreshments en route: two pubs, 600m off route, after 2.3 km of the route.
Refreshments at the end of the walk: Abbey Arms (right by the station, with a large garden at the back).
For walk directions, maps, height profiles, photos and gpx/kml files click here. T=short.43
7 off the train with 1 running late, so 4 dashed ahead, en route booking 2 tables for later at The Abbey Arms, while 3 waited for walker #8.
The woods are famous for wild native daffodils (of which there were plenty, if mostly already wilted) and for bluebells (of which there were plenty and quite a few already fully out), but it also has enormous amounts of wood anemones. Personally, I have not seen that many on a single walk. In places they combined to a very scenic kind of tricolore, with white being very dominant.
Else: undulating route through interesting woods, with some heathland thrown in, a couple of ponds and those abbey ruins (and a fossil pit).
Pizza and drinks in the back garden of The Abbey Arms. Staggered departure depending on progress with food and drinks.
8 sunny but cold

Sun, 18-Oct-20 13

Sunday Walk - SE London Short Walks (II): Autumnal Colours - Lesnes Abbey, Lesnes Abbey Woods & Bostall Woods (Abbey Wood Circular)

Ornamental Gardens, Ancient Woodlands, Ponds and Heathland, centred on the enchanting ruins of Lesnes Abbey. Undulating.

Length: 9.6 km (6.0 mi) or 5.2 km/3.2 mi (without Bostall Woods)
Ascent/Descent: 214m or 127m
Net Walking Time: ca. 2 ¾ hours or 1 ½ hours
Toughness: 2 out of 10 or 1 out of 10
Take the 13.59 Dartford train from Cannon Street (London Bridge 14.03, …, Woolwich Arsenal 14.25), arrives Abbey Wood 14.30. Abbey Wood is in Zone 4.
Return trains: four per hour (xx.06, xx.13, xx.36, xx.43), all via London Bridge, then either to Cannon Street or via Central London Thameslink stations.
This is an undulating route on the boundary of the Boroughs of Bexley (Lesnes Abbey Woods) and Greenwich (Bostall Woods) in South East London, based upon the atmospheric ruins of Lesnes Abbey, surrounded by a beautiful park with some ornamental gardens and towered over by ancient and secondary woodland, with a high extent of sessile oaks, some large wildflower meadows with bluebells and native wild daffodils in spring and several scenic ponds. A heathland with an Iron Age tumulus and some acid grassland are passed through as well. A longer version leads across a busy road junction on Bostall Hill into Bostall Wood, with its dense sloping woods and deep ravines.
Walk Options:
A shorter route omits the meandering loop through Bostall Woods: 5.2 km/3.2 mi with 127m ascent/descent, 1/10.
Bus stops on the A 206 near the off-route pubs and on Bostall Hill enable early returns to Abbey Wood, Woolwich or Slade Green stations (see the route map for the exact locations of the bus stops).
Refreshments en route: two pubs, 600m off route, after 2.3 km of the route.
Refreshments at the end of the walk: Abbey Café (open every day to at least 16.30) or the Abbey Arms.
Note: London is now a Tier 2 Area: no mixed households indoors.
For walk directions, maps, height profiles, photos and gpx/kml files click here. T=short.43
Compared to the morning walk, there were 10 new faces but most of the Greenwich Woolwich group had gone home, just 2 'survivors', i.e. 12 at the start (2 car drivers amongst them).So we set off in 2 groups that never met again, although I understand the first group bumped into a 13th walker that then followed them at distance. Almost everyone had never been to the area, so the Abbey ruins found plenty of interest, as did the undulating route through the woods. Everyone in my group walked the longer version and we got back to the station just after 5. The earlier group had departed on the 17.06, but half of my group paid a courtesy visit To The Abbey Arms' large garden.
Plenty of leaf colour, although far from its peak, but also already plenty of leaves on the ground.
13 lightly overcast and warm for the season