With Easter Sunday upon us and a blissfully work-free Bank Holiday waiting for most around the corner, it's a great time to get out of the house and take a path less trodden in south London this Easter.

And while the Met Office may be forecasting a slight sting in the tail of the colder weather ahead, plenty of sunshine is expected in London through today and tomorrow.

We've included on our list some of Transport for London's Green Chain Walk, that takes in the best green spaces between Thamesmead and Nunhead Cemetery in an unbroken chain of (relative) tranquility.

So sit back and drink in our list of the Top Five walks in south east London this weekend. Then get out there and experience one, or two, or all of them, for yourself.

1. Thamesmead to Lesnes Abbey

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Our countdown starts with the incredible 12th Century Cistercian Abbey at Lesnes, that you'll arrive at by way of one of the finest nature reserves in all London.

Start on the banks of the Thames at the Crossway Lake Nature Reserve, and head south through Manorway Green and past Southmere Lake before arriving at the monastery that was built by the Normans in 1178.

2. Greenwich Park

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One of eight Royal Parks, Greenwich Park covers just over 183 acres of land.

With its famous cherry blossoms in full bloom at this time of year, and the apex of the hill near the observatory offering unmatched views of London, what better time to go than this Easter?

3. Erith to Bostall Wood

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This particular walk gives you panoramic views of the Thames estuary at Erith before heading up to higher climbs at Bostall Woods and London’s hidden heathlands.

This trail is 3.4 miles long, and the vast majority of it takes place in an unbroken chain of green spaces including Franks Park and Abbey Woods. Not to be missed.

4. Chislehurst to Beckenham Place Park

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"A gentle walk through woodland and quiet, residential areas" is how TfL billed this section of their Green Chain Walk.

And while the route may not offer the stunning vistas of Greenwich Park, it more than makes up for it in a relaxing, less trodden charm.

The middle section through Elmstead Woods is delightful.

5. Crystal Palace Park to Nunhead Cemetery

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Including an option to divert to the beautiful Dulwich Park, this is a new section of the Green Chain Walk and tops out at 5.4 miles.

Every step taken is worth it though and the finish point at Nunhead Cemetery is well worth the calories lost to get there.