STREETS | CRYSTAL
PALACE PARK | DINOSAURS
MUSEUM | SYDENHAM HILL WOOD | TRANSPORT
woodland to central London
This a marvellous local space and a great and
worthwhile walk with the kiddies. Combined with
the adjacent Dulwich Wood, Sydenham Hill Wood
is the last vestige of the Great North Wood,
which once stretched from Deptford to Selhurst,
and amongst the trees there are scattered ruins
of garden follies and the like.
up to the ridge of Sydenham Hill, where the
Dulwich Wood House Inn does good pub lunches.
Walk 500 metres along Crescent Hill Road to
the entrance to Sydenham Hill Woods. The left
hand fork descends to the disused line of the
High Level railway, built in 1865 to service
the Crystal Palace (or Screaming Alice, in rhyming
slang), and a very impressive tunnel can be
found –albeit boarded up– cutting into the hill
side. Up until recently the tunnel was opened
a couple of times a year for stalwart historians
to walk the mile or so to the Parade where remains
of the tunnel’s other end can be seen behind
Follow the abandoned railway track for a kilometre
– diversions in the adjoining woods include
seasonal outdoor art installations and a ruined
chapel. Eventually, a bench across the path
invites you to climb a set of wooden steps leading
up to the left. A metal fence separates the
woods from a golf course with sweeping city
views –much loved by Denis Thatcher in his day
but denied to non-members. Follow the path to
a great suspended walkway, turn left through
a metal gate, and descend Cox’s Walk to Dulwich
Common, at the Lordship Lane end of the woods.
Turn left and after a kilometre you will see
the stone gates to Dulwich Park. There is a
good café in the middle of the park.
Press on to College Road, where you can visit
the Dulwich Picture Gallery.