The LOOP - Walk 2
Petts Wood to Hamsey Green
Section 3 of the walk started at Jubilee Country Park, so named to commemorate the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977, and goes through numerous woodlands and open spaces. One of these spaces is the High Elms Country Park which covers over 400 acres of woodlands, orchid-rich grassland and a public golf course. High Elms is something of a misnomer as the tallest trees are actually giant redwoods. There were also numerous aircraft overhead taking off and landing at nearby Biggin Hill airport.
Section 4 began at West Wickham Common which has two gnarled Domesday Oaks, thought to be over 700 years old. The walk then went up through Addington Hills, London's largest surviving piece of heathland, where there is a viewing platform with an excellent view of London - you can see Wembley Stadium, The O2, The City, Canary Wharf and the BT Tower.
The walk ended by going through Chelsham & Farleigh, one of the oldest remaining parishes on the LOOP. In spite of being so close to London, this part of the parish is designated as an area of 'great landscape value'.
Distance: around 20 miles (including link to the station).