As long as you’re not put off by some hilly bits, this fun walk takes in some beautiful sites as you stroll past Charlton House, Serverndroog Castle, Woolwich Common and Oxleas Meadow.
At four and a half miles, it’s likely to take just over two hours.
Starting at the Green Chain signpost on the riverside by the Thames Barrier, cross the embankment, pass the coach park, cross two roads and follow the marker posts through the gardens and the open space to Woolwich Road and enter the park.
Turn left and then right at the circle of stones, passing a playground on your right. Follow the markers round to the right through the park. Turn right to climb the steps to Thorntree Road. There’s 106 of them, which can be avoided by turning left into Maryon Road, right along it then right up Woodland Terrace. Both routes take you to Thorntree Road.
Follow the signs to Maryon Wilson Park, where there is a deer park and animal farm, and continue to follow the signs to Charlton Park Road and into Charlton Park. We recommend picking up a coffee and a cake from the The Old Cottage Coffee shop to keep you going before heading back to the walk. Turn right, follow the path to the end and turn left.
Turn left almost at the end, following the markers alongside the railings, and leave the part at the gate to Charlton Park Lane. Turn right, cross Canberra Road at the mini roundabout and left. Follow Inigo Jones Road, cross Prince Henry Road and enter Hornfair Park.
Turn left around the play area, cross the park and left into a narrow path. Bear right through the gate and continue to Baker Road. Turn left and shortly bear right to follow the path across Woolwich Common.
Head towards the former Royal Military Academy then turn right where the paths cross.
Shortly bear left towards the Green Chain major signpost on Academy Road.
Bear right, along Academy Road, cross it and Shooters Hill at the traffic lights. Turn left
along Shooters Hill and bear right to enter Eltham Common.
Cross Eltham Common and follow the markers into Castlewood. Follow the paths as far as the small car park. Turn right and follow the path, bearing right to Severndroog Castle.
At the castle, go down the steps to the garden and take a left through Jackwood, turning right into another garden. With the red bricks on your left, turn right shortly after the gardens and head through the woodland to the top of Oxleas Meadows. Follow the signposts to Oxleas Wood.