So, a long time ago, a time before winter had come and when I was working 12 hours a day, I used to somehow make time at the weekend to walk around London, following the so called Capital Ring.
The Capital Ring is a circular walk around zones 2 and 3 of London where you walk through several parks and suburbs and almost feel like you’re in the countryside. You’d almost believe it, if you weren’t able to spot the Shard or the tall buildings in Canary Wharf. If you’d like to see the post I wrote about it last year, click here.
This time, since we (my boyfriend and I) hadn’t done any serious walking since the weather got too horrible to face, we decided to do a shorter section of the Capital Ring (there are around 15), which so happens to finish were we started when I wrote that previous post.
So, in the morning, we got the train to Falconwood and started our journey. We crossed the railway line and entered the woodland of Eltham Park North. The trees and plants grew wild in between the dirt track, and we followed the sign that had the Capital Ring’s symbol on it. Be careful when following the signs, because the Capital Ring often intersects with the Green Chain Walk, which can sometimes be misleading.
As we walked, we crossed paths with other people following the walk. It’s probably a popular part of the walk, as it leads you to Eltham Palace, a gorgeous building that you can visit, if you’re willing to pay around £17 to get in. We only looked at it from a distance, through the iron bars.
We did, however, visit the giftshop where we were able to taste lots of different locally made wines (plum and ginger were great!), as well as some raspberry curd, which we bought to give to our mums next time we saw them. We then continued our walk as the sun decided to come out from behind the clouds.
After a short while we found fields where people kept their horses, and also found a field just for donkeys, which were adorable.
After that, we kept walking through parks and posh suburban areas with big houses and beautiful gardens. Then we walked through a few tight green paths and saw a few more horses. Then we got to the end of the section and waited for the next train home.
All in all, it took us around 2 and a half hours to walk 4 miles, which I know isn’t great time but, to be honest, we walked at a leisurely pace, stopping whenever we wanted to. We’re not in shape, at all. So, if you’re thinking about the Capital Ring but are worried about whether or not you can make it, I’m here to tell you: yes, you can! (please don’t sue me, Obama!)
So there you go! I hope you like this post and that, if you’re in London, you’ll try a section of the Capital Ring, it’s good fun.
Until next time,