Here are some of the best winter walks to take in south east London to fight that feeling of crimbo-limbo this festive period.
There’s nothing like a festive winter walk to walk off the food coma from all the turkey and mince pies eaten on Christmas Day.
These are some of the best winter walks in south east London to take.
Greenwich Park is one of the most frequented parks in south east London, this 183 acre green space has a lot to offer for visitors.
It’s very scenic at this time of year with views of the south east London skyline and some great attractions nearby like the Royal Observatory and the Queens House located in the park itself.
The Queen’s House also currently houses an ice rink which will be open up until January 8.
Peckham Rye Park and Gardens
Peckham Rye Park is a great place to visit if you are looking for a trip out with the family.
The gardens have lots of things to enjoy including a children’s play area, lake, adventure park and a number of different themed gardens.
The parks are also a great place for nature lovers with a marked tree trail which features a wide array of different species of trees.
The park is located near Peckham Common, which has great travel links and lots of cafes and pubs to visit after a chilly walk.
As a popular choice for dog walkers according to Google Reviews, Oxleas Woods is a prime example of ancient unspoiled woodland that south east London has to offer.
This 8,000-year-old ancient woodland features 77 hectares of land as well as the 18th century building Severndroog Castle.
The green chain walk is a peaceful place to take a winter walk and there’s also a café located in the castle if you want to stop off for a hot drink.
Horniman Museum and Gardens
Located in Forest Hill, this Victorian museum and 16-acre gardens is a lovely place to take a walk with amazing views of the London skyline.
The gardens are wheelchair accessible and have some great examples of Victorian architecture like the band stand and outdoor conservatory.
The gardens are open every day and are free to enter.
The museum is also free to enter.
Hall Place, Bexley
Described on its website as “one of London’s best kept secrets,” this beautiful historic house and gardens is a great place to visit at any time of the year.
The gardens have plenty of wildlife to see including geese, squirrels, birds, fish and terrapin.
The gardens have plenty to see and do including several different gardens, a butterfly house, a bird hide, the garden lake, a miniature railway and a hot house growing tropical fruits.
The gardens also feature a collection of animal shaped topiary trees first erected in 1953 to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Tudor house, which has been beautifully decorated, is also open to visit when you book a guided tour on selected days except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Entry to the gardens is free and they are open from 9am-5pm except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Beckenham Place Park
Located in Lewisham, Beckenham Place Park covers 96 hectares of land with some beautiful, listed buildings including the mansion and natural beauty.
The park hosts a lake, a woodland walk and sunken gardens.
There are also two cafes where you can stop off for a break and onsite parking is also available.
Well Hall Pleasance
This compact but well-kept little greenspace in Eltham is a lovely place to visit for a casual walk.
It won the award for small park of the year category in the London in Bloom awards as well as Greenwich’s Green Flag Award.
The park has a number of themed gardens, a children’s play area and a number of water features.
It also houses The Tudor Barn, a 16th century building now used as a restaurant and bar if you fancy a tipple.