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Keston pond

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Keston pond and steps

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Keston Common sign

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Hayes Circular walk

A short walk across three commons in South East London

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: Fri, 07-Dec-18

Date # Post
Sat, 30-Dec-17

Hayes Circular

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Length: 9.5km (6m)
Toughness: 1 / 10
Transport: Take the 9:58 from London Victoria (usually Charing Cross, but engineering works diverted this train) to Hayes, arriving 10:48. The more south-easterly residing walkers can join the train at Lewisham (10:19). For the more southerly residing walkers there is a bus cross connection from East Croydon Bus Station with bus No 119. 10:04 might be an approprate departure time. Hayes is in Zone 5, so Oyster Card can be used.

This is a lovely walk through the woodlands of Hayes, Keston and West Wickham Commons, passing the three Keston Lakes and iron age fortifications. Charles Darwin conducted some of his studies in these Commons.

Note, that the GPX file is incorrect between points 40 and 44. Follow the instructions between 40 and 44.
Sat, 31-Dec-16 12

Saturday First Walk - Hayes Circular

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Length: 9.6km (6m)
Toughness: 1/10
Transport: Take the 10:02 from London Charing Cross to Hayes (Kent) arriving 10:44. Hayes is in Zone 5. There are return trains about every 15mins.
This is the first outing of this new walk in the backyard of Southeast Londoners. From the description:
This short walk crosses three commons which have been used for hundreds of years as a source of wood as evidenced by the many coppiced trees. Today coppicing is still practised but the mix of woodlands also provides habitats for a variety of animals. The walk follows in part the River Ravensbourne which fills the three Keston ponds and flows into the Thames at Deptford. On the way you get a glimpse of Ravensbourne Lodge previously owned by the Bonham-Carter family. The most ancient remains encountered on this walk are from the iron age. The walk was inspired by the marked Three Commons Circular Walk and broadly but not exactly follows it.
It is advisable to make a booking for lunch in one of the pubs in Keston since they are both very popular.
Fox Inn 01689852053
The Greyhound 01689856338
Eight walkers set off from Hayes Station at the appointed time, most of them enticed by the prospect of a short train journey from their local station in south east London. In the course of the morning this nucleus attracted more participants at regular intervals and eventually 12 sat down for an efficiently served lunch at the very welcoming Fox Inn on an overcast day.

The author has packed quite a lot of walk into a small area, weaving an intricate route through the wooded commons between Hayes and Keston. Navigation was relatively straightforward along the well waymarked Three Commons Circular Walk but whenever we were getting complacent we were directed down narrow paths on little loops and whorls through the woods; one hopes these unmarked paths don't change too much from one year to the next. The walk instructions got us round without mishap but a map (or GPS) and a good sense of direction wouldn't go amiss.

This made a good winter walk, with splashes of colour from the flowering gorse bushes, holly berries, pines and other evergreens, together with a mandarin duck which had fled the hurly burly of St James Park and chosen a suburban life on Keston Ponds. For at least one walker recovering from a cold the short walk length was just right, but we were back at Hayes by 2.15pm where another walker made the not entirely frivolous suggestion that we could go round again. The author had talked about plans to extend the walk and it would certainly be nice to experience this area in other seasons.