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Slow Ways linking Catford and Beckenham Junction, Blackheath, Bromley, Crystal Palace, Dulwich, Eltham, Lewisham, Peckham

England / Greater London / Catford

Catford’s eight Slow Ways are 88% checked

Drawn: 8/8
reviewed: 8/8
verified: 7/8
and surveyed: 5/8

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Slow Way Route To do
Catford—Beckenham Junction
Catbec one Verify me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 63m Descent 40m
Catford—Blackheath
Catbla one Enjoy me Distance 4km/3mi Ascent 36m Descent 43m
Catford—Bromley
Catbro one Enjoy me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 67m Descent 99m
Catford—Eltham
Catelt one

Double check Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 27m Descent 60m
Catford—Eltham
Catelt two Enjoy me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 77m Descent 46m
Catford—Lewisham
Catlew one Survey me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 22m Descent 15m
Catford—Lewisham
Catlew two Survey me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 16m Descent 25m
Crystal Palace—Catford
Crycat one

Survey me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 20m Descent 79m
Crystal Palace—Catford
Crycat two Survey me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 30m Descent 86m
Dulwich—Catford
Dulcat one

Review me Distance 6km/3mi Ascent 97m Descent 106m
Dulwich—Catford
Dulcat two Survey me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 110m Descent 119m
Dulwich—Catford
Dulcat four Enjoy me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 59m Descent 71m
Peckham—Catford
Peccat one Enjoy me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 84m Descent 76m

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Collective progress

79% of Catford’s eight route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

13/13

drawn

13/13

reviewed

5/13

surveyed

10/13

verified

22 people have contributed to Catford’s Slow Ways

3 people have pledged to walk and review a route

5 people have surveyed a route in Catford

72km out of 72km have been walked and reviewed

236km of reviews have been shared in Catford

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Derick Rethans took this photo on Catlew two

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It is mostly through parks (photo #2, #3), with few excursions where you have to follow residential roads (photo #4), and ending up at bustly Lewisham (photo #5)....

Derick Rethans

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The route then continues steeply downhill (photo #3, #4) towards Lower Sydenham, along more residential streets (photo #5)....

Derick Rethans

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With the sad exception of a stepped bridge over the rail at Penge East this would have been okay for wheels, some steep parts near Crystal Palace however. There is some urban pavement walking through Penge before entering Crystal Palace Park with a café and dinosaurs....

Strider

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Strider surveyed Catelt two

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Always good to walk away from Eltham station, so ugly. A good enjoyable walk making the best of green spaces....

Strider

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JohnMyerson took this photo on Catelt two

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The sign at Mountsfield Park says it's closed from dusk to 8am....

JohnMyerson

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A really enjoyable and safe route. Certainly a better option than crycat(1)....

Tim Ryan

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The original is is a great route, but I think something weird happened to the gpx file as I've seen something similar on another route. This version should be easier to use. And it has more dinosaurs....

Daisy C

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Crystal Palace—Catford

Daisy C added Crycat two, a new walk from Crystal Palace to Catford

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These are, respectively, short and very quiet; very leafy and fairly quiet; very leafy and very quiet....

Daisy C

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Catford—Beckenham Junction

Daisy C added Catbec one, a new walk from Catford to Beckenham Junction

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There are two tiny changes, it uses the safe foot tunnel under the South Circular and explains where the entrance is hidden and, for the joy of it, takes a tiny, signposted detour to see the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs which the majority of reviewers did anyhow....

Daisy C

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The "off road" part is largely along Edith Nesbit Walk, a no-then-low-traffic footpath then lane....

Daisy C

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I found it a very nice route, mostly on quiet residential streets and through two parks....

Alex_D

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Hugh Hudson surveyed Catbla one

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Mary Oz surveyed Dulcat four

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The route successfully achieved its aim of avoiding hills, but perversely I took a diversion off the route, past where my grandmother had lived and went up a hill that I remember from childhood, with a good view over the city skyline....

Mary Oz

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From Catford station, we take the road underneath and to the left of Catford Road across the river Ravensbourne then follow the road left between the two railways. From Manwood Road our route is almost dead straight for quite a long way, but mixes quiet streets with pedestrian alleyways and a cycletrack bridge over the London to Brighton railway....

Hugh Hudson

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We are soon out of the small park using more quiet streets to reach Hither Green station, where we cross the railway using a pedestrian underbridge. I do have one slight quibble with the GPX here - barriers mean that it is not possible to connect the two outer eastern pavements of Rushey Green directly over Brownhill Road and it makes more sense to cross Rushey Green at the near side of this junction using the pelican crossing....

Hugh Hudson

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Strider surveyed Peccat one

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Quite a steep (13%) gravelly path up and down past Nunhead Cemetery, a bit slippy and may cause problems for wheels....

Strider

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Strider surveyed Catbro one

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Follow the orange Capital Ring signs through the Park, this adds about 500m to the walk....

Strider

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If you want to avoid the steps/ramp of the ‘curly’ bridge, you can continue along Malyons Rd instead, this will take you to Ladywell Rd where you can pick up this route....

whlsarah

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Dulwich—Catford

Gerald Kuan Soong Sim pledged to walk Dulcat two

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Another enjoyable Slow Way, walking from Dulwich Village to Catford via East Dulwich, Nunhead and Crofton Park....

Daisy C

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Dulwich—Catford

Daisy C added Dulcat four, a new walk from Dulwich to Catford

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Certainly a hilly route for London - perhaps an alternative route would avoid ascending One Tree Hill as there are a significant number of steps. If you're looking for a break halfway Dulwich Picture Gallery has both great art and a nice cafe!...

Callum Reay

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LOVE the views across the city from the parks and especially One Tree Hill - one of my favourites in London for sure....

danravenellison

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There's no crossing for Nunhead Lane and bends in the road in both directions....

Daisy C

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Lovely route, along the river, have occasionally seen a kingfisher there!...

Tom Cairns

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Catford—Lewisham

Daisy C added Catlew two, a new walk from Catford to Lewisham

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I would give the route the full five stars except that frustratingly it doesn't follow the Waterlink Way/cycle route, which is fully signposte....

Daisy C

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If you are thinking of using it at night, the Ladywell Fields section is *relatively* busy at night, pretty good sightlines and street lights. I would use it in the evenings....

Daisy C

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It uses quiet roads most of the time and there are some points of interest: the Catford Cat, views along the "Vale of Catford" from the top of Mountsfield Park, the quirky cafe/florist in Hither Green (near the station) and Sutcliffe Park where the River Quaggy has been re-naturalised - if you wander north a little there are wildflower-rich meadows, and boardwalks through the reeds and wet woodland (my favourite part, if that's not clear). You could take Sherard Rd opposite the station then cut through to the big roundabout and come into Sutcliffe Park from the bottom of Eltham Green Road....

Daisy C

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I used this Slow Way to simplify travel to the Brockley/Honor Oak area; it cut out a fiddly train change and meant I got to see some parts of SE London I had never explored up to now....

Jane Taylor

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Jane Taylor took this photo on Peccat one

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It's amostly entirely on quiet residential terraced roads plus two medium sized parks. It's very short but has loads of good midway rest/eat places on Staplehurst Rd and Hither Green Lane....

Daisy C

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A fairly short, but easy route to follow through parkland and riverside....

Tim Ryan

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The section between Lower Sydenham and Lower Beckenham is not clear using the gpx line. I just followed the sustrans signs at this point, through an industrial estate with heavy traffic moving around in different durections. Otherwise the route is very good along the river and easy to follow....

Tim Ryan

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I walked this route from Catford to Crystal Palace....

Intrepid Rabbit

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Enjoyable walk, mainly through green spaces. This was my first Slow Ways walk and I realised that I couldn't entirely rely on the map from the website, which could be misleading at times....

Intrepid Rabbit

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Intrepid Rabbit took this photo on Dulcat two

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Completed Bromley to Catford, will do the reverse hopefully soon....

NickD

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The section along the back of Nunhead Cemetery feels quite isolated and may be intimidating if alone at night....

ponponjo

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From Catford, the first half goes through Ladywell Fields (where you might see Kingfishers and Mandarin Ducks), and the second half is in a residential area....

Teeds

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The route starts at Crystal Palace Station and proceeds downhill, past the National Sports Centre, to the famous Dinosaur Park. After leaving Crystal Palace Park, the route continues briefly along Penge High Street....

Teeds

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Leaving Blythe Hill the route goes through Honor Oak Park, which has plenty of shops and cafes, and passes the overground station. Then it's uphill again. The path up and over One Tree Hill is tarmacked but steep and eventually turns into steps. There are three reasons why it is essential to stop at the summit:. Crossing the road you enter Brenchley Gardens, a linear park which follows the route of a former railway line. However, a better route exists: Dulcat Two, which takes you through the cemetery, then along Overhill Road, and finally through the magnificent Dulwich Park...

Teeds

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EdwardB surveyed Catford

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EdwardB surveyed Catford

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Catford—Eltham

Daisy C added Catelt two, a new walk from Catford to Eltham

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It was a straightforward route, it mainly follows the Waterlink Way cycle route and so is easily signposted. It just diverges from the cycle route towards Lewisham station (continuing up Algernon Road instead of turning onto Marsala Road); I would recommend that it be changed to follow the cycle route instead, for ease of navigation....

shedges

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From Forest Hill Road, then route turns onto the Green Chain Walk through Brenchley Gardens; the path here is uneven. The route currently bypasses Ravensbourne Park Gardens but if you wanted to add some extra greenery this is a nice little park with a small play area....

shedges

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For an urban route there is a lot of off road, though unfortunately some busy roads encountered without regulated pedestrian crossings...

S J Blann

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(If you are unable to use stirs continue along Penge High Street from the Park and take Penge Lane.). You then follow the railway line and river through Pool River Linear Park to Catford - this is shared with CATBRO and - Randonneur's review of CATBRO describes the river and route very well....

S J Blann

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We walked this route in the opposite direction suggested, so of course if you're coming from Catford station just follow the description the other way round. Turn right upon leaving the station and walk up Bromley High Street. At the top of the High Street turn left into Beckenham Lane and walk down the Hill on the right-hand side of this rather busy road. Just after Valley Primary School on your left, look out for Farnaby Road on your right-hand side. The road curves to the left at the junction with Warren Ave and Bromley Ave, so continue along Farnaby Road and cross the culverted river Ravensbourne. Turn right and follow the signs for the station. Cross the road opposite the station and you will find the entrance to Beckenham Place Park. Turn sharp left, cross the road at the pedestrian refuge and turn right into Braeside. Walk down this steep residential road and either turn left into Overbrae, then right at the bottom onto Worsley Bridge Rd or carry on along Braeside (both quite steep) turn left in to Greycot Road and again right onto Worsley Bridge Rd. You can either carry on along Worsley Bridge Rd to the busy road junction at Southend Lane, or when you cross the small river (the Pool) turn right along the footpath and follow the river which will be flowing on your right-hand side. At the bottom of Meadow View Rd turn left onto Worsley Bridge Rd until you reach Southend Lane. on the right-hand side, cross over Southend Lane at the traffic lights, turn right, then straight away left into Moormead Rd. The River Pool can be quite deep in places so just be careful. About halfway down, just beyond the pumping station you will see a picnic table on your left. If you are walking on the riverbank rather than the cycle track you will eventually have to come up onto the track itself just before the bridge at the confluence between the Pool and the Ravensbourne When you come out to the passageway, you have Catford Bridge station on your right and Catford station on your left...

Randonneur

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Accessible for buggies and children but one railway crossing may not be suitable for wheelchair users....

dragonflywalker

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There are a couple of quicker diversions now on the route which I guess are where paths have been updated since this route was established, but its very self explanatory and you can see the quicker route in your line of sight....

JWAUBORN

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While in London you are obviously mainly going to be on roads I would personally take a longer less direct route using smaller roads in the future as it wasnt particularly nice to walk along....

Alex_D

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Catford—Blackheath

Slow Ways added Catbla one, a new walk from Catford to Blackheath

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Catford—Bromley

Slow Ways added Catbro one, a new walk from Catford to Bromley

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Catford—Eltham

Slow Ways added Catelt one, a new walk from Catford to Eltham

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Catford—Lewisham

Slow Ways added Catlew one, a new walk from Catford to Lewisham

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Crystal Palace—Catford

Slow Ways added Crycat one, a new walk from Crystal Palace to Catford

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Dulwich—Catford

Slow Ways added Dulcat one, a new walk from Dulwich to Catford

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Dulwich—Catford

Slow Ways added Dulcat two, a new walk from Dulwich to Catford

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Peckham—Catford

Slow Ways added Peccat one, a new walk from Peckham to Catford

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Catford, Mon 27 May

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Catford’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ3728073527

Lat / Lon

51.44410° / -0.02602°

Easting / Northing

537,280E / 173,527N

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