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Sydenham Hill Wood circular walk: 1.1 miles

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This is a circular walk from the Grove Harvester pub. You will see highlights of Sydenham Hill Wood.

The walk is about 1.1 miles (or 1.8km) through rugged woodland, firm underfoot when dry. The nearest accessible toilets are in the Grove Harvester pub.

Route grade

  • Hardest - Not accessible for people using wheelchairs or push chairs
  • Hard packed earth surface in suummer and changeable when wet. Uphill and downhill sections that can be challenging.

Getting to the start of the walk

Photoroute 7 - Sydenham Woods - transport map

Forest Hill (12 mins walk) or Honor Oak Park are the nearest train stations.

Lordship Lane/Wood Vale is the nearest bus stop (bus routes 176, 185, 197, 363 & P4)

To take the bus from Honor Oak Park Train Station. Go to bus stop HA, and catch bus P4 (heading towards Brixton). Stop at Lordship Lane/Wood Vale.

For more information getting you to the start of the walk phone 0870 240 6094 or visit www.tfl.gov.uk.

Route segment 1

Photoroute 7 - Sydenham Woods - Step 1

With Grove Harvester pub behind you, enter Cox's Walk from the Dulwich Common kissing gate. There is a golf course on your right.

Route segment 2

Photoroute 7 - Sydenham Woods - Step 2

The path goes uphill. You come to a sharp left turn and another kissing gate straight ahead. Go straight ahead through the kissing gate. You are now in Sydenham Hill Wood.

Route segment 3

Photoroute 7 - Sydenham Woods - Step 3

Walk along the brow of the hill, it goes downhill gently. Green Chain Walk marker posts are on your right. You come to some steps on your left.

Route segment 4

Photoroute 7 - Sydenham Woods - Step 4

At the bottom of the steps turn right and keep going straight. You are walking on the disused Nunhead to Crystal Palace Railway line.

Route segment 5

Photoroute 7 - Sydenham Woods - Step 5

Ahead of you is a disused railway tunnel. Take the path on your right, you walk to the top of the railway bridge.

Route segment 6

Photoroute 7 - Sydenham Woods - Step 6

At the top you come to Sydenham Hill Wood information panel. Turn left and follow the path over the railway bridge.

Route segment 7

Photoroute 7 - Sydenham Woods - Step 7

The path is narrower and more rugged here. You come to a clearing with a large tree. Follow the path to the left behind the tree. The path snakes in a mainly downward direction to some steps and the footbridge.

Route segment 8

Photoroute 7 - Sydenham Woods - Step 8

Cross over the footbridge, turning right at the end. You are back on Cox's Walk. Follow the path back downhill.

Route segment 9

Photoroute 7 - Sydenham Woods - Step 9

You arrive back at the kissing gate in front of the Grove Harvester pub.

Congratulations

You have walked 1.1 miles (1.8km).