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. This section of the route runs from Thamesmead to Crystal Palace. It covers a distance of just over 14 miles on a fairly flat, waymarked footpath. As such it could be completed on a single day. You'll visit a number of peaceful woods, attractive parks and historical sites allowing you to reconnect with nature in an urban environment.
The walk begins on the River Thames at Thamesmead and passes Lesnes Abbey Woods, Oxleas Wood, Bostall Woods, Avery Hill Park, Eltham Palace, Elmstead Woods and Beckenham Place Park before finishing at Crystal Palace Park.
Highlights on the walk include the fascinating ruins of the 12th century Lesnes Abbey and the splendid views from the elevated terrace garden in Oxleas Wood.
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Eltham is roughly the half way point on the walk so a nice place to stop for refreshments. One place of note in this area is the 16th century Tudor Barn which is slightly off the route. The unique venue is notable as the only existing Tudor Barn in London. There's a wonderful, large outdoor area here where you can enjoy a meal with views over the surrounding gardens. It's a special place and ideal location to rest your legs on summer days. Indoors there's an attractive, modern interior with real fires in a cosy atmosphere. After your meal you can enjoy a stroll around the 13 acres of gardens where there's a medieval moat. You can find the barn at Well Hall Pleasaunce, Well Hall Rd with a postcode of SE9 6SZ.
You could also head to the Park Tavern where there's a rear garden which is a nice place to relax outside on warmer days. There's also a good menu and a terrace at the front. You can find the pub just off the route at 45 Passey Place with a postcode of SE9 5DA for your sat navs.
In this are we'd also recommend a visit to Eltham Palace, one of the highlights on the route. A medieval palace and then a Tudor royal residence, the palace was transformed into a striking Art Deco mansion by millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld. The site also includes 19 acres of lovely gardens with a pretty moat crossed by a 15th-century bridge.
The trail is a great place for a dog walk with a number of nice woods and parks for your pooch to explore in. The Park Tavern mentioned above is also dog friendly.