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Beckenham Place Park circular walk: 2.5 miles

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This is a circular walk from Beckenham Hill Rd/Highland Croft, bus 54. You will see highlights of Beckenham Place Park.

The walk is about 2.5 miles (or 4km) through rugged woodland.

The nearest accessible toilets are in Beckenham Place Mansion.

Route grade

  • Moderate - Using manual wheelchair with support
  • Paved or hard packed earth surface, with some hills to climb. Routes changeable in wet conditions.

Getting to the start of the walk

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - transport map

Beckenham Hill is the nearest train station.

Take the bus from Beckenham Hill Station. Go to bus stop E, and catch bus 54 (heading towards Elmers End). Stop at Highland Croft.

For more information getting you to the start of the walk phone 0870 240 6094 or visit www.tfl.gov.uk.

Route segment 1

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 1

This walk starts from Highcroft bus stop SF. Turn right as you leave the bus and continue to the top of the hill.

Route segment 2

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 2

You come to a Green Chain map on your left next to a gateway into Beckenham Palace Park. Turn left and walk into Beckenham Palace Park.

Route segment 3

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 3

You come to Beckenham Palace Park car park. Turn left here.

Route segment 4

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 4

At the end of the car park you come to a Green Chain finger post, turn right onto the footpath.

Route segment 5

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 5

The golf course is in front of you. Turn left, the path leads downhill. You will pass benches on your left, the entrance to the Ornamental Garden, and a stone squirrel. Keep following the path. The path surface becomes broken.

Route segment 6

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 6

You come to a map on your left, bench and Green Chain finger post on your right. Turn right here, you are now at Summer House Hill.

Route segment 7

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 7

Turn right at the next Green Chain finger post. The path goes uphill.

Route segment 8

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 8

Follow the path to the left at the next intersection.

Route segment 9

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 9

About 40 meters along you come to another intersection. Turn right here.

Route segment 10

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 10

The path becomes sealed. In front of you is a grass field, you are entering Crab Hill Field. Turn left.

Route segment 11

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 11

The path leads downhill. The path surface is broken in this area. Turn right here.

Route segment 12

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 12

The path leads you to gates onto Crab Hill Road. Turn left as you leave the park and keep on the left side of the road. You pass Ravensbourne Railway Station as you go down Crab Hill Road.

Route segment 13

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 13

Turn left onto Ravensbourne Avenue. The road surface becomes broken. Go to the gates at the bottom of the road.

Route segment 14

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 14

Enter the park and follow the path in front of you. You are in Summerhouse Field. The Ravensbourne river is on your right.

Route segment 15

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 15

You come to the end of the park, this area is known as the Common. Turn left at the fork in the path.

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Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 16

Take the next path on your left. It takes you back into the woods. You cross over a rail bridge and the path becomes broken again.

Route segment 17

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 17

You pass Green Chain marker post number 11 on your right. Turn right here.

Route segment 18

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 18

Keep to the main path on the left.

Route segment 19

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 19

You pass Green Chain marker post number 12 on your right. Turn right here.

Route segment 20

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 20

Keep going straight until you come to a Green Chain marker post.

Route segment 21

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 21

You come to an intersection on the far side is Green Chain marker post 3. Turn right, the path goes downhill.

Route segment 22

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 22

Next you come to Green Chain marker post 2, a finger post and bench. Turn left and keep going downhill, the path then goes uphill. You go past the concrete squirrel and entrance to Ornamental Gardens on your right.

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Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 23

As you pass Ornamental Gardens, turn right to head back to Beckenham Palace Park car park.

Route segment 24

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 24

Turn left here. You go past Beckenham Palace Park car park.

Route segment 25

Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 25

Turn right at the Green Chain finger post near the top of the car park.

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Photoroute 12 - Beckenham Place Park - Step 26

You leave the park at Beckenham Hill Road. Turn right to get to Highcroft bus stop SF.

Congratulations

You have walked 2.5 miles (4km).