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Ancient woods in an ancient city

A leisurely walk (woodland) in City of London, England, about 2.90km (1.80 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 0:45h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 47m (154ft)
Descent 62m (203ft)
Max. Elevation 130m (426ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 109m (357ft)
Start & End
Shooters Hill, London
Distance 2.90km
Duration ~0:45h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 17 Dec 2014
Oxleas Wood, deep in southeast London, is a welcome green space for nearby residents, and is well worth the bus ride out here for other capital dwellers. These ancient woodlands have numerous trails connecting to the nearby patches of Jack Wood and Castlewood, meaning you can meander as the fancy takes you. There is an excellent cafe in Oxleas. For more information on things to see and do, visit: www.oxleaswood.com. There are also some interesting blog posts about the woods here: www.caughtbytheriver.net/?s=oxleas

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OS Grid TQ430766
Take the bus to Red Lion Lane stop. Check TFL for services stopping here: www.tfl.gov.uk
OS Grid TQ429766
Just up the road is the entrance to Eltham Common. Look for signs for the Green Chain.
About 0.13 km (~0.08 miles) from
OS Grid TQ431764
Follow the path through Castlewood.
About 0.35 km (~0.22 miles) from
OS Grid TQ432763
At the road, turn right and follow the edge of the woods.
About 0.08 km (~0.05 miles) from
OS Grid TQ432761
Go past Severndroog Castle, and follow the path into Jackwood.
About 0.28 km (~0.17 miles) from
OS Grid TQ434761
More woodland lanes lead you through this little patch of woodland.
About 0.21 km (~0.13 miles) from
OS Grid TQ438762
At the end of Crown Woods Lane you will find the popular Oxleas cafe: www.oxleaswood.com/the-oxlea-wood-cafe
About 0.42 km (~0.26 miles) from
OS Grid TQ442760
Follow the path into the heart of the wood, the largest in this little run of ancient forest. You can extend the walk by heading south into Shepherdleas Wood.
About 0.48 km (~0.3 miles) from
OS Grid TQ447762
Continue along the Green Chain to rejoin the main road. There are bus stops either way nearby.
About 0.52 km (~0.32 miles) from

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