The Capital Ring - Walk 2
Falconwood to Streatham
Today's walk picked up the route at Falconwood, the beginning of Section 2. The highlight of this section was Eltham Palace - which is now dominated by an Art Deco house built in 1933-1936 for the Courtauld family, though the Great Hall from the medieval royal palace still survives and is incorporated into the new structure.
Section 3 takes you west and through Beckenham Place Park which is Lewisham's largest green spaces and home to a range of activities including golf - the Grade II listed mansion on the site is now the clubhouse. The section ends in Crystal Palace Park which was home to The Crystal Palace resited here after the 1851 Great Exhibition but was destroyed by fire in 1936. The park also boasts full scale models of dinosaurs, a maze, lakes and a concert bowl. Careful when walking through the park, as the route markers are easy to miss and you to may have an unwanted detour.
he last part of this walk followed Section 4, a short section but has a few steep ups and downs to contend with, however you do pass the very striking White House in Norwood Grove - an early 19th-century Grade II listed building set in acres of parkland.
Distance: around 16 miles.