Midnight Megawalk on the Green Chain

View towards Central London from Green Chain Walk in Eltham
View towards Central London from Green Chain Walk in Eltham

Keen walkers among you will jump at the chance of a 22 mile night hike along the length of the Green Chain Walk from Crystal Palace to Erith, arriving at Shooters Hill in time for sunrise. Ian Bull who’s organising the “Midnight Megawalk” sent me the following details:

* Friday 20th July – The ‘Midnight Megawalk’.

A very leisurely 22 mile stroll over the most popular sections of the Green Chain Walk from Crystal Palace to Erith, but with a difference, the walk is nocturnal!

Meet outside Crystal Palace railway station at 22.30pm. After the first five miles we enter woodland for a pitch black stroll. Quite amazing! By the time we get to Eltham we’ll see wonderful views of London at first-light. This was so good last year that we spent about 20 minutes watching. At 05.00, after much more dark woodland we arrive at Shooters Hill for sunrise, and there’s no where better to see it as the view extends right over Essex and the estuary. The rest of the walk is almost entirely in woodland and I assure you, it does look lovely at that time of the morning. We arrive at Erith and the Thames at about 07.30 for plenty of trains home.

The walk was very successful last year but I must stress that the  event is wholly unofficial and just for fun. If you take part you do so entirely at your own risk. For further information please contact Ian Bull – ianbull at btinternet dot com

Ian is also organising the seventh daylight version of the walk for Saturday 29th September and will send more details when they are available.

Interactive map from Green Chain Walk web site
Map from Green Chain Walk web site – click to go to interactive map

One Reply to “Midnight Megawalk on the Green Chain”

  1. This walk was indeed a great success and I hope we didn’t disturb anyone! My apologies for sending a very similar e-mail to other on-line groups in the area.

    The views from Shooters Hill were seen just before sunrise and spectacular is only just adequate. I’ve seen that view many dozens of times but the layers of mist combined with excellent visibility will leave a lasting memory. You live in one of the finest parts of London.

    I’d managed to get word to the soldiers manning the missile emplacement that we were coming so we were not given delay. The fitness of the participants led to an early arrival so I led a ‘bonus walk’ from the Café to Severndroog Castle and back. Three tired walkers preferred a nap on the benches overlooking Oxleas Meadows whilst a searchlight was beamed on them. I found that rather amusing! I collected them for the rest of the walk.

    I’ll write in September about the next round of walks on the Green Chain which will include a daylight version of the ‘Megawalk’.

    I very much hope that by September ‘Walk London’ will have received some budget from Transport for London. If so, guided walking can again begin in earnest. Typically, we’ve had expert-led tours of the Royal Arsenal and Crossness pumping station.

    All the best

    Ian Bull

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