Meet: Sydenham Hill Station/College Road exit (Zone 3) at 18.45 (i.e. take the 18.28 Orpington train from Victoria (Brixton 18.35, Herne Hill 18.37), arrives Sydenham Hill at 18.42).
Return: from West Dulwich (one stop closer to London), every 15 minutes on xx.05
Dulwich Picture Gallery has its bi-annual Summer Pavilion back this year, rivalling the established West London one at the Serpentine Gallery. And it’s got Free Friday Lates. Let’s be checking it out… (Note: Friday Lates are 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, there are the Crown & Greyhound and various bars and restaurants in Dulwich Village, and Belair House Bar & Restaurant on the way to the station.