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Section 6: Oxleas Wood to Mottingham

Walk in the footsteps of royalty as you pass Eltham Palace and the former hunting grounds of the Tudor monarchs who resided there.

Distance: 4 miles (2 hours)

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  1. From the Green Chain major signpost in the middle of Oxleas Wood, follow the marker posts south, turning left to bring you to the junction of Welling Way and Rochester Way. Cross Rochester Way at the traffic lights and enter Shepherdleas Wood. Follow the marker posts as far as the Green Chain major signpost.
  2. Turn right and follow the marker posts through Shepherdleas Wood, then head left which brings you onto the open ground of Eltham Park North. Turn left, follow the marker posts to and around long Pond. Head left at the far end of the pond to reach a large meadow and keep going so that you return to the woodland. Follow the path running next to the railway and Relief Road to reach the Green Link Bridge.
  3. Turn right to cross the railway and new road into Eltham Park South. Follow the path along the eastern and southern boundaries of the park, which brings you back into Glenesk Road.
  4. Turn left and follow Glenesk Road to the end and cross Bexley Road (A210). Go straight ahead down Butterfly Lane, heading right just before the sports club and right again at the Green Chain major signpost into Conduit Meadows.
  5. Follow the path through the Meadow past Conduit Head to the church and Southend Crescent.
  6. Turn left at Southend Crescent. At the fork in the road, cross over the road and turn right to go along Footscray Road. Turn left from Footscray Road and go along North Park.
  7. Follow North Park to the end, cross over Court Road into Tilt Yard Approach opposite. Follow Tilt Yard Approach and then turn left down Court Yard and pass the entrance of Eltham Palace.
  8. Keep going along Court Yard, turn right into King John's Walk and head left where the four paths meet at the Green Chain major signpost.
  9. Follow King John's Walk between the fields to the sign at Middle Park public open space.
  10. Keep going along King John's Walk, you will need to cross over Middle Park Avenue and along the path over the railway footbridge to the Sidcup Road (A20). Cross the road and follow the path to the Green Chain major signpost at Mottingham Lane.

OS Map: Explorer 162, Or a Green Chain route guide which costs £3.50 and can be ordered from the South East London Green Chain on 020 8921 5876 or email the Green Chain

Start point: Oxleas Wood (Grid Reference 442- 760)

End point: Mottingham Lane (Grid Reference 418-731)

Get there:

  • By railway: Falconwood, Mottingham
  • By bus: Falconwood, Mottingham, Eltham and Middle Park Avenue

The section of the walk passes through Bromley and Royal Greenwich. The London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lewisham and Southwark look after this walk.