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
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
, height profiles
and gpx/kml files