Exploring South East London's Hidden Green Gems
Brockley (SE4) and greater Brockley (Honor Oak, Ladywell, Crofton Park and Telegraph Hill) is South East London's hidden gem. It's not really hidden, especially as Brockley has been on the Overground now since 2010, but despite its closeness to central London (it's in zone 2), it's still relatively unknown area and is covered in green spaces with incredible views from most of the parks. The top five places to walk are most definitely:
1. Ladywell Fields
Absolutely stunning. The Ravensbourne river - perfect for pooh sticks - runs right through it and you'll find one of the few Dutch Elms still surviving here. There are four different play areas for kids of all ages, a cafe and a train line that runs right through it which preschoolers and trainspotters will delight in. A whole day can be spent here wandering the many incredible spots.
2. Hilly Fields
As the name suggests, Green, leafy and hilly. There's a cute little cafe, a stone circle, the best kids playground in the local area by far and even a mud kitchen for the littlies. What most people don't know is that there is a lovely bowling green where all are welcome (for a small membership fee).
3. Telegraph Hill
- split into two, one with incredible views of the city that some say beat Greenwich. Has a great cafe in between the upper and lower park and has a daily community led playgroup as well as the mother of all playground slides. Autumn here is incredible, the leaves go every shade of red, burnt orange and yellow.
4. One Tree Hill
Quite hidden in a way, unbeknownst to some, the namesake Oak tree of Honor Oak was once here, now replaced with an equally beautiful cousin. The hike up the steep steps is rewarded by the views over London. You can even see Wembley stadium. Lots of windy paths are perfect for a relaxing after lunch stroll at one of the many local restaurants in Honor Oak.