This south London town has several nearby countryside trails, woodland areas, hill climbs, country parks and nature reserves to visit on foot. The town has good transport links being at the centre of the only tramway system in southern England. It's also well known for the Whitgift Centre, one of the largest shopping centres in the country with a monthly footfall of 2.08 million.
This circular walk from the town visits some of the walking highlights of the area including Addington Hills, Selsdon Wood and Croham Hurst. The route makes use of the waymarked London Loop which runs through the area.
The walk starts from the train station in the town centre. From here head east to pick up the London Loop which you can follow up to Addington Hill. This section passes Lloyd Park and Coombe Park where there are some nice trails to try. There's a good viewpoint in the Addington Hills where you can enjoy views over the town to some of the landmarks in the city of London.
The route then heads south through Heathfield and Little Heath Woods before coming to Selsdon Wood.
After exploring the woods you then retrace your steps to Littleheath Woods where you can follow an alternative path north west to visit Croham Hurst.
From the woods it is a short walk back into the town centre to the train station where the route finishes.
Croydon Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Walks near Croydon
- Addington Hills - Climb to this viewpoint in Croydon and enjoy great views across the City of London and the North Downs
- Selsdon Wood - This woodland and nature reserve in Croydon is criss crossed with a number of nice footpaths and walking trails
- Croham Hurst - Explore these geologically significant ancient woods on this short walk in Croydon
- South Norwood Country Park - A cycle or walk through this pleasant country park in Croydon
- Wandle Trail - Follow the River Wandle from the River Thames at Wandsworth to Croydon
- Vanguard Way - This 66 mile trail runs from the outskirts of London, through Ashdown Forest, Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley to the stunning East Sussex coast.
Route highlights include the lovely Ashdown Forest, the White Horse near Alfriston and the wonderful final coastal stretch that gives views of the Seven Sisters Cliffs and Tidemills beach
- Mitcham Common - Explore this large area of common land on this easy circular walk in south London
- Beddington Park - This park near Carshalton has good footpaths to follow along the River Wandle and around the pretty lake
- Clopton Way - This walk runs from Wimpole Hall to Gamlingay via the abandoned medieval village of Clopton
- Beckenham Place Park - This circular walk explores Beckenham Place Park in the London Borough of Lewisham
- 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
Back in the town The Spread Eagle is a good choice for some post walk refreshment. The Victorian pub is particularly well known for its excellent pies and also has an outdoor seating area if the weather is fine. You can find them at 39-41 Katharine Street with postcode CR0 1NX for your sat navs.
The woodland and parkland on the route make for a fine dog walk and the Spread Eagle mentioned above is also dog friendly.