The section we walked today was from Grove Park to Crystal Palace, a distance of approximately 8.2 miles. Today in London the weather was dry but cold which is great for walking. The fun bit with the Capital ring is that it takes you through the city and you discover lots of green open spaces that you didn't know existed.
As you can see the sun was shining and in the background you can see the towers of Canary Wharf. A little further on we entered The Downham Woodland walk. This runs for about a mile along a narrow strip of woodland that is a remnant of the Great North Wood. This was a vast oak forest that stretched 7 miles from Croydon to Deptford before London expanded.
Whilst walking along this path I noticed this pile of beautiful frosty oak leaves.
We walked through Beckenham Place Park, where we stopped to eat our lunch.
and another open space which I missed the name of
until we finally arrived at Crystal Palace Park. Here we saw a cute gorilla,
and various types of dinosaurs,
Although I have lived in London since 1972 I have never visited the dinosaurs at Crystal Palace. Some of them are looking a little tired but they are still fun and the children running round looking for them found them fascinating.
There is also the crystal palace tower which is the main television transmitter for the London area,
Just one more section to walk on Friday. The walk will have helped to take off some of my Christmas chocolates. Now I have some time this evening to get on with a little stitching. That would make it a perfect day. I also need to plan out my projects for 2015. Not that I'll stick to the plan but I love the idea of being all organised.
I hope you've had a good Monday.