Circular Walk around Bromley
This London town is part of the London Borough of Bromley, the southeasternmost of the 32 London boroughs that make up Greater London.
This circular walk around the borough uses part of the London Loop to take you to some of the walking highlights of the Bromley area. You'll visit Jubilee Country Park, Crofton Heath, High Elms Country Park, Hayes Common and Keston Common. There's lots of attractive parkland, peaceful woods and countryside views to enjoy on this varied walk. The route runs for about 12 miles with some moderate climbs on the way.
The walk starts in Jubilee Country Park where there is a public car park. You could also start from Petts Wood station which is just to the south east of the park. The pretty park is also a nature reserve with 62 acres of wildflower meadows, hedgerows and semi-natural ancient woodland to explore. You can find it at a postcode of BR5 1DA for your sat navs. In the park you can pick up the London Loop and follow the waymarked footpath south west to Crofton Heath and Roundabout Wood. Follow the woodland trails through the woods and continue south past Orpington.
The trail eventually leads to High Elms Country Park near Green Street Green. The 250 acre country park includes attractive formal gardens, woodland and a 19th century Yew Avenue.
After passing through the park the route turns west to lead you to Keston Common. The common includes woodland, heathland, dry acid grassland and three pretty ponds with lots of flora and fauna to see.
After leaving the common you head north west to Hayes Common where there's some pretty heather moorland.
The route then turns north east toward Brook Wood, Scrogginhall Wood and Bromley Common. Here you follow a footpath past Bromley golf course and Southborough before returning to Jubilee Country Park where the route finishes.
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Walks near Bromley
- Green Chain Walk - The Green Chain Walk visits a number of London's prettiest parks and open spaces while also passing through some interesting urban areas
- Beckenham Place Park - This circular walk explores Beckenham Place Park in the London Borough of Lewisham
- Elmstead Woods - Enjoy a short stroll through Elmstead and Marvel Woods on this easy walk in the London Borough of Bromley
- Three Commons - This short circular walk in Bromley takes you on a tour of Hayes Common, Keston Common and West Wickham common
- Petts Wood Circular - A short circular walk that takes you through Petts Wood and Jubilee Country Park in Bromley
- Limehouse Cut - Follow the Limehouse Cut canal on this waterside walk or cycle in East London
- Keston Common - This area of common land in Bromley covers 55 hectares and includes some nice footpaths
- London Loop - Also known as the London Outer Orbital Path, this walk takes you on a tour of the parks, woods and fields around the edge of Outer London
- High Elms Country Park - Enjoy the woodlands, nature centre, ice well, formal gardens and wildflower meadows in this 250 acre country park in Orpington
- Hayes Common - This area of common land in Bromley covers 91.1 hectares (225 acres) and includes a number of public footpaths and bridleways.
You can start the walk from Hayes train station which is located a short stroll from the common
- St Pauls Cray Circular Walk - A short circular walk around St Paul's Cray in Bromley
- Green Street Green Circular - This short circular walk takes you through the woodland, parkland and countryside around Green Street Green in Bromley
- Berrys Green Circular - This pleasant circular walk passes through the woods and villages around the rural area of Berry's Green in Bromley
- Farnborough Circular Walk - This circular walk follows a series of footpaths through the countryside around Farnborough in Bromley
- Scadbury Park - This pretty Local Nature Reserve in Bromley has some nice footpaths to try
- Cudham Circular Walk - This circular walk takes you through the woodland and farmland around Cudham and Downe in Bromley
- Downe Circular Walk - This circular walk explores the countryside and villages around Downe
- Leaves Green Circular Walk - This pleasant circular walk in Bromley explores the countryside around the village of Leaves Green
- Cray Riverway - Follow the Cray Riverway on this easy waterside walk through Bromley.
The walk starts off in Orpington at the attractive priory gardens where you'll find the source of the River Cray
On the walk you could stop off for refreshments at the Fox Inn at Keston Common. (postcode: BR2 6BQ). The pub sits next to the common and includes a nice large beer garden to relax in during the summer months. There's also The Greyhound pub here which does a great Sunday Roast.
The area is great for dog walking with miles of woodland trails, parkland and open heathland for them to explore. The Greyhound pub at Keston mentioned above is also very dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
If you'd like to visit the area by public transport them Hayes Station and Petts Wood station are both on the route.
To contine your walking around Bromley head to Beckenham Place Park and Elmstead Woods where there's lots more good trails to try. You could also pick up the Petts Wood Circular Walk near the start of the walk at Jubilee Country Park.
Also nearby is the wonderful Eltham Palace, run by English Heritage. The fine 1930s house is surrounded by 19 acres of award-winning gardens and a moat.
The Nash Circular Walk is another nice option. It starts in the nearby hamlet of Nash and follows trails to Hayes Common and Keston Common.
For more walking ideas in the area see the London Walks page.