Green Chain Walk

Green Chain latest

Stretching from the River Thames to Nunhead Cemetery, the Green Chain Walk spans fields, parks and woodlands across 50 miles (82km), split into 11 easy-to-follow sections.


  • The 18th century Gothic folly of Severndroog Castle
  • The Art Deco glamour of Eltham Palace
  • Birdwatching at Southmere, among the boats and fishermen
  • Numerous parks, including Plumstead common and Oxleas Woods
  • The wildlife and dinosaurs of Crystal Palace Park
  • The Horniman Museum and Gardens
  • The Thames Barrier


This route is well signposted throughout. All signs show the 'G-C' logo and text 'Green Chain Walk'.

  • In parks, woods and open spaces - Look out for the signs on solid wooden posts with a yellow arrow on top
  • On streets - Look out for metal signs with a white logo and text on a green background
  • At section starts - Look out for signposts with the location name showing distances to other key points

Maps and guidance

Detailed walk guidance for all sections - including maps - is on the Ramblers 'Walking the Green Chain Walk' page.

Or follow the route on the Go Jauntly app:

Section 1: Thamesmead to Lesnes Abbey

Section 2: Erith to Bostall Woods

Section 3: Bostall Woods to Oxleas Meadows

Section 4a: Charlton Park to Bostall Woods

Section 4b: Plumstead Common to Oxleas Meadows

Section 5: Thames Barrier to Oxleas Meadows

Section 6: Oxleas Woods to Mottingham

Section 7: Shepherdleas Wood to Middle Park

Section 8: Mottingham to Beckenham Place Park (alternative route via Downham and Chinbrook Link to Elmstead Woods)

Section 9a: Chislehurst to Beckenham Place Park - Mottingham to Ravensbourne

Section 9b: Chislehurst to Beckenham Place Park - Chislehurst to Elmstead Woods

Section 10: Beckenham Place Park to Crystal Palace

Section 11: Crystal Palace to Nunhead Cemetery


Completed this walk? Why not download the certificate to celebrate.