This circular walk around Chislehurst takes you to some of the highlights of the area. You'll visit Chislehurst Common, the National Trust's Petts Wood and the pretty Scadbury Park. The route uses various public footpaths and a section of the waymarked 7London Loop to explore the area.
The route starts on Chislehurst Common where there are some nice woodland trails to follow across the public open space. Follow the paths south across the common and they will take you past Hawkwood House and over the Kyd Wood to Petts Wood. Here you pick up the London Loop to follow it east through the woods though you could take a small detour south to visit Jubilee Country Park. The woods are good for wildlife spotting with a variety of woodland birds to look out for. The peaceful estate is run by the National Trust and covers 338 acres.
After passing through the woods you follow the London Loop north and then east to visit Scadbury Park. The park is also a nature reserve which includes 300 acres of ancient woodland, grassland and ponds. There's also the ruins of the historic Scadbury Manor where playwright Christopher Marlowe stayed in the late 16th century.
From the park footpaths then head west past Icehouse Wood before heading through the town to return to the war memorial on the common.
PostcodeBR7 5LX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Chislehurst Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Chislehurst Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Crown Inn is nicely located next to Chislehurst Common. The pub does good food and has a decent sized garden area to relax in on warmer days. You can find it on School Road at a postcode of BR7 5PQ for your sat navs.
The area is popular with dog walkers so you'll probably bump into plenty of other owners on your walk. The woodland trails in Petts Wood are particularly good for you and your pet. The Crown Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your walking in the area you could pick up our circular walk around Orpington and visit the lovely High Elms Country Park. Elmstead Woods is also located just to the west of the common.
You could also try our circular walk around Bromley which visits High Elms, Keston Common and Hayes Common.
Just to the east you could pick up the Cray Riverway. This pleasant waterside walk will take you south along the River Cray to the source at Orpington or north to Erith where it meets the River Darent and the Thames.