After a train to Stratford,Tube to London Bridge and another Train to Bexley,I eventually left the station.I walked down to the main road and the after a few paces right into Tanyard Lane by The Railway Tavern.
The lane bends round and uner the railway and then follows the track for a while.
Then I climb up and over a landfill site and out onto a open field. My first impression of this section was this wasn't going to be a pleasant walk.But bear with it,it does improve although certainly not the nicest section of the Loop.
I pass a old pumping station on my right and eventually down to a road then almost immediately inot a alleyway path between houses.It was here I met three elderly people also walking the loop, I had a quick chat before leaving them to dawdle behind.
I now reach the River Cray and now the scenery does finally improve!
Wild Parakeets screaming overhead.
|A range of theories about the arrival of parrots in Britain - including that they were brought by Jimi Hendrix, that they escaped during the making of a film and that they were released from aviaries damaged during the great storm of 1987.|
I continue to follow the River Cray with its crystal clear water running over its clean gravel beds.
I now reach a little red bricked arched bridge to cross The Cray and take a path on my left 70 yards onwards.
I leave the apth out onto Rectory Lane,I walk back up to the Church for a look before continuing on my way along The Loop.
Hope Community School, a lovely looking building.
I walk up to the Foots Cray crossroads,crossing here and walking along Cray Road.I take the second right into Suffolk Road and take a hedged path past a little football pitch the home of Seven Acre and Sidcup FC.
The path runs behind some houses and up a grassy bank.
At the top of the hill I head towards Sidcup Place. The house was built in1743 in the shape of a 'star fort,' aligning with the four compass points. Originally a stately home, Sidcup Place has seen many incarnations - from family home to college premises and from a boarding school to Council offices. The grounds include a pitch and putt course, tennis courts and a secluded walled garden.
I walk past the Walled garden,past the Tennis Courts and out onto onto the bust main road. I pass Queen Marys Hospital and down to a junction where the A20 and A222 meet. There is a series of subways and bridges to get under the busy and noisy road.
Scadbury Park is in Chislehurst.
The earliest records of Scadbury date from the 13th century when it was owned by the de Scathebury family.
It was home to the Walsinghams from 1424 until about 1655. Sir Edmund Walsingham became Lieutenant of the Tower of London and had custody of many of the prisoners of King Henry VIII, including Sir Thomas More and Anne Boleyn. Sir Francis Walsingham, Secretary of State under Queen Elizabeth I, was born here. Thomas Walsingham IV was the patron of the poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe, who was arrested at Scadbury shortly before his mysterious death in 1593.
Later owners of Scadbury included Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney. Sydney in Australia is named after him.
I walk through a very muddy almost boggy you may say park.
I continue along the muddy path and take a detour to take a look at the moated site of a manor house(Scadbury Manor House).The link to the house is well worth a read!
Just to the left of the sign I take a detour off the loop to find the Memorial Stone dedicated to William Willett of Chistlehurst,campaigner behind the summer time act of 1925.
I enter Jubilee Park for a while before leaving to walk to Petts Wood Station for the journey home.A 8 mile walk in all.