Oxleas Wood and Shooter’s Hill walk
Through ancient woodlands up to Shooter's Hill with far views across the south east, on to Severndroog Castle Folly
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.
|Thu, ||Evening Walk - Bluebells in the evening: Shooter's Hill||5||cold but dry|
|Thu, ||Bluebells in the Evening (V) - Oxleas Wood and Shooter's Hill (via Severndroog Castle)||12||dry but cool|
|Tue, ||Evening Walk - Oxleas Wood and Shooter’s Hill (Falconwood Circular) [New Walk]||10||overcast and a little muggy|
4 by train, 1 by bike, ie 5 walkers on a cold but dry evening.
Plenty of bluebells here and there, some anemones, lots of wild garlic that wasn't wild garlic. Fine views, if a bit hazy (East Croydon and the Crystal Palace transmission mast could still be identified though).
At the end: 1 for the train, 1 for the bike, 3 for The Falcon.
12 walkers, arriving on various trains, up to 10 minutes after the scheduled start time, in dry but cool weather. Shepherdleas Wood had some bluebells and lots of three-cornered garlic, Oxleas had not many bluebells at all, Jackwood and Castle Wood though had plenty, and the other part of Shepherdleas Wood had the most bluebells.
All in, a pretty good show. 20.41 train.
Take the 18.42 Dartford via Bexleyheath train from Charing Cross (Waterloo East 18.45, London Bridge 18.51, then via Lewisham and Blackheath), arriving Falconwood 19.15.
10 walkers in overcast and a little muggy weather. We formed two groups (though not before some frequented the off-license by the station for provisions for the coming mid-walk drinks stop) and stayed within eyesight (but at distance) for most of the walk (ie the lazy option for the second group as the walk author was leading the first). Fine, undulating route through interesting woodlands, with some far views from Oxleas Wood Cafe and again from just below Severndroog Castle, out to East Croydon/the North Downs. Nice company, a drinks stop with views, no rain. Result!
21.14 train for group 1, 21.30 for the others.