Category talk:Viewpoints

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I have the following text for some viewpoints in south and south east London, but have yet to work out how to add this properly. Paul de Zylva

Brockwell Hall (in Brockwell Park) Add text about the views, the café and the Little Ben.

Sevendroog Castle, Shooters Hill Heading clockwise on the Green Chain Walk and Capital Ring route, Eltham Common leads toward Castle Wood which Sevendroog castle can be climbed for superb views of London and the Thames Estuary. Nearby Jack Wood has a panoramic terrace gardens and rose garden.

Blackheath Views south west to the North Downs, south east to Kidbrooke and east up Shooters Hill, Oxleas Wood and Sevendroog Catle.

The Point, Blackheath Climb to Point Hill in the Greenwich part of Blackheath for unrivalled views of London at The Point, Blackheath's highest area.

The Long Pond, Shepherdleas Wood Once part of Oxleas Wood, Shepherdleas Wood is also ancient woodland but is now separated by the Rochester Way, and is now part of Eltham Park North. Get distant views of Crystal Place and central London from the Long Pond

Greenwich Park Centrepiece of Greenwich is the Royal Park. Greenwich Park sweeps down from Blackheath to the Queen’s House, National Maritime Museum and Royal Naval College. Popular with tourists who trek up the Royal Observatory to staddle the Longitude line of the Prime Meriden and take photos from the base of the bronze statue of General Wolfe who looks out over the river. Locals disperse to the many corners of the park to reach the deer park, ornamental gardens, Roman remains, the Elizabeth I Oak (where she picnicked and around which Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn danced). The are plenty of views to be had throughout the park especially from the highpoint in the north west part of the park - of One Tree Hill Vista.

Maryon Park, Woolwich Rising from the river front to Cox’s Mount, a tree-lined hilltop, Maryon Park has fine views of the river, the Thames Barrier and London. Part of the park, Gilbert’s Pit, is a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest and the ridge between the Pit and the Park has the remains of a Roman hill camp.

King John’s Walk, Eltham The Green Chain Walk also passes by splendid Eltham Palace and Gardens. Some of the best views of London are gained from nearby King John’s Walk on the walk and the Capital Ring.

Telegraph Hill The commanding position of Telegraph Hill Park between Brockley, New Cross and Nunhead made it perfect as the site of a Semaphore Telegraph station from 1795, messaging to and from the Admiralty in central London and other stations all the way to Deal and Dover. Messages received include news of victory at the Battle of Waterloo. Today, the park has a children’s playground and play club, pond and ornamental gardens, basketball courts and tennis courts, (where the telegraph hut was sited). Also visit nearby Lower Telegraph Park.

Downham Fields A 20 acre, largely sloping, green space fringed by Downham Way with many fine trees and panoramic views from Durham Hill over to Croydon, Crystal Palace, Norwood and central London. Downham Leisure and Lifestyle centre with a library and 25m swimming pool sits at the top of the hill.

Downham Woodland Walk

This linear woodland walk zig-zags through the Downham estate. Mature trees including wild service trees, which indicate the age of the woodland here, help make it a Grade 1 Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation. Get magnificent views down avenues and between the trees and homes to Docklands and central London.


Mountsfield Park, Catford Enjoy expansive views as far as south as Croydon, over to Forest Hill, and into central London from this 33-acre park which hosts children’s play area, sports fields, café and a community garden


Hilly Fields, Ladywell / Brockley Dedicated to public use in 1896, including with eh backing of National Trust founder, Octavia Hill, Hilly Fields straddles Brockley and Ladywell and is one of the area’s three peaks with panoramic views over to One Tree Hill, down into Lewisham and further afield to Greenwich, Shooters Hill and Kidbrooke and to central London. Enjoy a stone circle, café, cricket and football fields, Francis Drake Bowls Club. Find the house of Brockley-born author, Henry Williamson, best known for Tarka the Otter, near the fields on Eastern Road.

Blythe Hill Fields, Catford Uphill from nearby Ladywell Fields / Ravensbourne Park this space provides super views into central London and over to One Tree Hill at Honor Oak which is closer than it looks and worth a visit.

One Tree Hill, Honor Oak One of south east London’s prized peaks, One Tree Hill has many trees but one, the Oak of Honor, gives the area its name. On May Day 1602 Elizabeth I picnicked beside the oak. Today’s oak was planted near the summit in 1905. A WWI gun emplacement and a beacon and used during the Napoleonic Wars atop the 90 metre summit. Down from the summit is the grade II listed Church of St Augustine.

Gallions Hill, Thamesmead West Gallions Hill in Gallions Reach Park is a 20-metre manmade mound reached by a path that encircles the hill, providing views to The City, Canary Wharf and Plumstead. The park has several smaller mounds mirroring the main peak including Lookout Hill.

Lesnes Abbey Woods and Park, Abbey Wood Sited on sloping ground overlooking Thamesmead and with view views back to the Thames Barrier, the ruins of Lesnes Abbey, founded in 1178, are a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Grade II listed. Lesnes Abbey Woods and Park are a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation. A study has found 906 species of invertebrate, 46 birds, 59 species of fungi, 292 species of plants and 12 species of mammal. Expect to see wild bluebells and native daffodils in spring. The site is also rich in geological interest with fossilised sharks’ teeth and shell beds. A fenced off Mulberry Tree is thought to be one of the original trees mistakenly ordered by James I to be grown for silk production.