A Day Out from Forest Hill [2016-2018]

This may be a counter intuitive request for an SE23 forum, but I’m looking for something to do away from Forest Hill for a morning, afternoon or a full day. For the last few years I’ve taken to taking Mondays off work in August and on at least one wish to have some sort of adventure… explore a historic site, or a park… perhaps a stately home or a quaint village. But I don’t wish to spend a good part of the day travelling.

So… if you had a day to get away and do something, and didn’t want to travel more than an hour… where would you go in London or surrounds?

Just to note I use public transport.

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A combo of Camber Sands and Rye might work - not sure how long the drive back would take during rush house though.

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Great. I’ll have a look. Should’ve mentioned I also need to rely on public transport. Given that let’s say 90 minutes travel each way at the most.

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Ah - Monday Club - :slight_smile:
I like a walk so I pop down to Farnborough on the A21 which is a quick drive. Lots of green to wander around in and if you fancy you can pop into Down House or have a nice pot of Tea and Cake

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Brighton and the South Coast round there are easy to get to on the train changing at East croydon if trains are running. Brighton might be a bit obvious but some of the other stops past Brighton enroute to Chichester might give you something different.

Easy to get to Sevenoaks (direct train from Crofton Park) and lovely park there. ditto direct train up to St Albans and you can see the Roman ruins there plus nice parks, pubs etc.

In London, Greenwich is obviously v close but my parents recently enjoyed exploring the Rangers House and then a walk round the park, see the deer and to the sail loft for lunch.

Recently went to Hampton Court on the train and it’s pretty easy to get to plus nice stroll along the river etc.

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You still can’t beat a trip along the Thames for a good day out.
Touristy I know - but still good fun for all that if the weather is fine…

For me it’s more fun to go upriver from (say) Westminster as far as Kew, The scenery mutates from gritty urban through expensive nouveau riche to almost bucolic…

Take a stroll round Kew Gardens - or if you are less exercise inclined, a leisurely lunch at one of the several decent pubs in the locality - and then either a boat back downriver or a fast train into Waterloo.

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All excellent suggestions. I’ve also been looking at options using Thameslink from Catford. At the end of one line is Rochester.

Any thoughts on Rochester?

I went to a photowalk in Rochester on the day of the annual Charles Dickens festival. Got some photos I was pleased with:

Sadly I think we’ve missed this year’s festival, but there is something going on at Christmas:

http://www.rochesterdickensfestival.org.uk/news.htm

Thanks. It does look lovely.

If you like walking look up the Green Chain http://www.greenchain.com/site/index.php, which goes through One Tree Hill, Horniman’s Gardens. A nice walk to either Crystal Palace, Dulwich Village or Nunhead Cemetry; or strike out further to Mottingham, Woolwich etc.

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Here are some walks that a local put together, Shoreham, Eynsford and Otford stations all easy to get to on Thameslink service to Sevenoaks from Crofton Park / catford.

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Ooh and I didn’t realise it was easy to get to Hever on the train from East croydon. https://localkentwalks.wordpress.com/walk-9-hever-circular-nr-edenbridge-5-miles/

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Have you been to Chislehurst Caves yet?

I love it here, it’s not far & you could make either a morning, afternoon or full day of it (if you went wandering & want to eat out too).

http://www.chislehurst-caves.co.uk

Some might think it’s more suited to kids & families, but I think it’s a fab day out for adults too :slight_smile:

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Train to LB (when working) and then the Thames Clipper to Docklands and back or a river boat down to Greenwich, London by river is a very different place to the one by Road. I love that trip.

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Severndroog Castle in Shooters Hill woods is worth a visit, but make sure you go on a day when you can go up the tower, as its not every day they open it.

Eltham Palace is another good local attraction. Both can be reached via the 122, then a fifteen minute walk.

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I was also going to suggest Eltham Palace. Lovely house and gardens. It’s one of my favourite places. It really feels like you’re escaping London, even though it’s just down the road.

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You can just about get to Brighton by train, or if you don’t mind a longer journey Bogner or Chichester are worth a visit. You just change at East Croydon

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There’s a nice ideas from the Londonist on underrated day trips. I like the sound of Ham House and Marble Hill House. And whales.

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If fresh air, lovely views and a good pub lunch are your bag, then try this lovely walk -

I’ve done it a few times and personally prefer the anti-clockwise route. Have a good one for those having to work!

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Cycling included? To cut out the urban bits take a bike to Hayes on the train from Catford. Plot a circular cycle route via a cafe at a suitable distance using mostly country lanes. Westerham , Ide Hill , Shoreham, Otford and Down spring to mind but plenty of pleasant route options depending on time/distance preferences.

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