Cheap date: Walking in Peckham

16 May

I will admit I had a bit of a prejudice against this walk. First, P wanted to take to onto the set of a pre-teen drama and then we were going to walk through Peckham? It didn’t sound like a great way to spend a morning.  Luckily, I was proved completely wrong.

Firstly, it turns out that One Tree Hill ISN’T just a C4 television show, but is also part of Honor Oak Park. From the top of the hill you can see an absolutely amazing view of London, while feeling that you have completely left the city.

The walk from the top of the hill down towards Peckham Rye is gorgeous. Unfortunately you can occasionally hear the odd car or plane, so you don’t feel totally out of London, but it’s so beautiful it’s easy to imagine you are walking through an ancient woodland.

In my mind, Peckham Rye was going to be really dodgy. Perhaps it is in the surrounding streets, but I hugely recommend the park. We did see a man drinking a cider up a tree, but otherwise, this is a huge Victorian park that has been restored to its full glory by some very green-fingered volunteers. It is probably due to the endless rain we’ve been having, but everything looked in full bloom, lush and green and alive.

We wandered through the park, taking in the different gardens and the wildlife (we saw this heron flying to its perch, stalking a fish and then stabbing into the water with its beak to catch it. Also I am 99% sure the ‘rock’ next to it is a turtle). (UPDATE: I am now 100% certain it was a turtle – thanks to Jake for confirming).

After we came out of the park, we caught the bus back to Brixton. All in all the walk took around 2 hours, although there was a lot of stopping for photographs. If the day had been nicer, it would have been great to take a picnic with us, but despite the gloom it was a great way to spend the morning and all for the price of the bus fare there and back!

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3 Responses to “Cheap date: Walking in Peckham”

  1. Lynne 19/05/2012 at 8:08 am #

    Looks great, I haven’t really checked out the area either, but it’s on my list!

  2. Lisa 22/05/2012 at 6:32 am #

    I live on the edge of Peckham Rye and it, and the surrounding areas, really aren’t dodgy, becoming more yummy mummified by the minute. Yes, the riots affected Peckham High Street, but not substantially. Come and have an explore one day, if you live in Brixton it won’t feel much different!

    • Katie 22/05/2012 at 1:13 pm #

      I will do! Visiting Peckham Rye completely changed my perception of it – are there any restaurants you can recommend?

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