Climb to this viewpoint in Croydon and enjoy great views across the City of London and the North Downs. You can park at the Addington Hills car park in Upper Shirley and pick up the footpaths from there. It's a short climb to the viewpoint where you can enjoy far reaching views towards Parliament Hill and Docklands. There's 130 acres to explore in the park with woodland and London's largest area of heathland to enjoy. It's great for flora and fauna with bell heather, gorse, marsh violet, common lizards and green woodpeckers to look out for.
The London Loop passes through the park so you can pick this up to continue your walking. If you head east you'll come to the Addington Golf Course, Threehalfpenny Wood, Coney Hall and Keston Common and Hayes Common. Heading south will take you to Littleheath Woods and Selsdon Wood where there is a nature reserve with lots of wildlife, ponds, open meadows and miles of waymarked walking trails. Just to the west is Croham Hurst Woods where you'll find ancient woodland and a climb to Breackneck Hill. Croydon is also just a short walk along the Vanguard Way.
To visit the park by tram you can get off at the Coombe Road tram stop.
PostcodeCR0 5HQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Addington Hills Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Addington Hills OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Addington Hills Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Surprise Inn is located a short distance from the park on Upper Shirley Rd, Croydon. It's a very nice pub/restaurant with a great menu and an outdoor area to relax in during the warmer months. You can find it at postcode CR0 5HF for your sat navs.
The woodland and parkland are ideal for dog walking so you're bound to bump into other owners on your visit.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The circular Croydon Walk starts at the train station in the nearby town. It follows the London Loop to the park before heading to Selsdon Wood and Croham Hurst.
For more walking ideas in the area see the London Walks page.