I don’t know about you, but for me a good walk ends with the reward of a cold drink. With this in mind I was keen to check out newly revamped Youngs Pub, The Wood House, but not before having a walk through the nearby Sydenham Hill Woods. Earn myself that pint.
We’ve previously mentioned South East London’s Green Chain Walk, and Sydenham Hill Woods is on this very route. So starting by West Dulwich station and following the green sign posts you can take in both Belair and Dulwich Park before entering the Woods via Cox’s Walk. A great place for exploring, the dense woods house an old railway bridge, as trains used to run through here, and the ruins of a Victorian Folly. You’ll have the opportunity to see a mix of ancient woodland, Victorian garden plants and recent woodland as well as woodpeckers, rare insects, bats, and fungi.
Other nearby attractions which you may want to explore whilst in the area include Dulwich Woods and the Horniman Museum and Gardens. If you chose to end your walk at the Woods then make your way towards Sydenham Hill station and enjoy a refreshing drink in the big pub garden at the aforementioned Wood House. There’s craft beers on offer as well as an outside Burger Shack.
The Wood House – 39 Sydenham Hill, London SE26 6RS
Sydenham Hill Woods – Entrances on Crescent Wood Road, off Sydenham Hill (opposite Countisbury House tower block) and also on the junction of Lordship Lane and Dulwich Common (Cox’s Walk)