If you're looking for something a little different to do in the metropolis, consider taking one of these unusual walks in southeast London.
1. The Thames Barrier and Woolwich Foot Tunnel. Start by exploring the Thames Barrier, one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world. From there, follow the river path to the Woolwich Foot Tunnel, which takes you under the Thames to Woolwich. Along the way, you'll pass the historic Royal Arsenal, the Woolwich Ferry, and the remains of the 18th-century gun battery at Barrack Field.
2. The Nunhead Cemetery and Honor Oak Park This walk takes you through the beautiful Nunhead Cemetery and on to Honor Oak Park. The cemetery is one of the "Magnificent Seven" cemeteries in London, and it's a great place to explore the history and architecture of the area. From there, head to Honor Oak Park and enjoy the views over London from One Tree Hill. You'll also pass the Honor Oak Reservoir, which is a popular spot for birdwatching.
3. The Crystal Palace and Sydenham Hill This walk takes you to the site of the former Crystal Palace, which was destroyed by fire in 1936. Start at Crystal Palace Park and explore the ruins of the palace, as well as the famous dinosaur sculptures. From there, head to Sydenham Hill and enjoy the views over London from the highest point in South East London. You'll also pass the beautiful Dulwich Wood and the Horniman Museum and Gardens.
4. The Thamesmead Estate and Lesnes Abbey This walk takes you through the Thamesmead Estate, something many consider to be a truly ugly, brutal experience. Others a fascinating example of modernist architecture. Be prepared. The estate was famously used as a filming location for Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange." Then Head to Lesnes Abbey and explore the ruins of the medieval monastery. You'll also pass the Thamesmead Nature Reserve, which is a great spot for birdwatching and wildlife spotting if that's your thing.
South East London has plenty of unusual walks to offer and a surprising amount of green space when you take a closer look. From exploring the ruins of the Crystal Palace to strolling through the Thamesmead Estate. These walks are a great way to explore the history of the area and will give you a unique perspective on this fascinating part of London. So why not lace up your walking shoes and give one of these walks a try?
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