City of London and the Shard, from Horniman Park

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Boarded up Entrance of Railway Tunnel

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Sunken Garden, Horniman Park

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Conservatory, Horniman Museum

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Horniman museum, close-up

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Boardwalk, Dulwich Park

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In Belair Park

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Sydenham Hill to Dulwich Village walk

Dulwich Wood, Sydenham Hill Wood, Horniman Gardens, Dulwich Park and village, Belair Park

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.

Date # Post
Fri, 21-Jul-17 9

Evening Walk – Dulwich Summer Pavilion: Sydenham Hill to Dulwich Village

Length: 6.6 km (4.1 mi)
Net Walking Time: 1 ½ hrs

Meet: Sydenham Hill Station/College Road exit (Zone 3) at 18.45 (i.e. take the 18.30 Orpington train from Victoria, arrives Sydenham Hill at 18.44).
Return: from West Dulwich (one stop closer to London), every 15 minutes on xx.06

So, ‘Sarf’ London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery has its own Summer Pavilion this year, rivalling the established West London one at the Serpentine Gallery ? And it’s got a Pavilion Bar and Free Friday Lates? Let’s be checking it out… (Note: a Pavilion-visit is free, but must be booked ahead. Book your ticket here.)

This walk takes you through Dulwich Wood & Sydenham Hill Wood (together the largest extant part of the ancient Great North Wood in the Borough of Southwark), the splendid Horniman Gardens (with fine views of the City of London) and Dulwich Park, finishing in Dulwich Village for refreshments. If you get disorientated in Dulwich Wood or Sydenham Hill Wood, don’t worry too much as wandering around, you will in time come across the car wide metal bridge, from which you may resume the directions.

Tea: apart from the Pavilion Bar, one pub and various bars and restaurants in Dulwich Village, and Belair House Bar & Restaurant on the way to the station.
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Pavilion Friday Lates tickets are sold out, but ... "Once advance registration has sold out there will still be spaces available on the door just turn up! Once we reach capacity a queuing system will be in operation so please arrive early to avoid disappointment." No chance of arriving early if you're doing the walk first, but you might still be lucky enough to get in just don't count on it.
After a long period of closure for refurbishment, the Crown & Greyhound pub in Dulwich Village recently re opened. It appears to be a rather more upmarket establishment than previously, but might be a welcome watering hole towards the end of the walk.
9 walkers were up for this walk, in dry but overcast conditions.
The woods and the park didn't disappoint, the pavilion at the gallery was interesting to look at and provided for an interesting drinks provision, even if the waiting time for service was much too long. The pre booked ticket wasn't really needed, as anyone w/o one could register on the spot and get in.
5 went on to have dinner at Rocca, a very good value for money Italian.
Hard rain had begun while we were at dinner, so it was a hurried dash for the train afterwards.
Wed, 11-May-16 3

Midweek evening walk

Sydenham Hill to Dulwich Village
Time: 19:00 prompt
Distance: 5km
London Victoria 18:45 Sydenham Hill: 18:59. Meet 19:00 at the College Road entrance to Sydenham Hill station. (Return trains from West Dulwich: xx:06 xx:36 until 23:36) This is a self-led walk through Dulwich Wood, Sydenham Hill Wood, Horniman Gardens and Dulwich Park, finishing in Dulwich Village for drink / meal: Directions here
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Nice walk through woods and parks that I hadn't even known existed in this far away part of town... The heavy rainfall of the last two days made for some mud in the woods, and unfortunately also meant that we didn't have clear far views in this dry but humid weather, but nevertheless we could identify most of London's skyline from the heights of Horniman Park.
Dulwich Park was particularly nice, in my mind, and we (all 3 of us) then decided to check out the recommended pub in Dulwich Village, only to find it boarded up for an (eternal) refurb!
Never mind: with three other restos to choose from on that stretch of road, we settled for Rocca (also in South Ken), an inspired choice, as it turned out.
Recommended.