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Scadbury Manor

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Scadbury Manor
Author: cjmorris84, Published: 20 Sep 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Scadbury Manor - London Walking Guidestar1 Scadbury Manor - London Walking Guidestar1 Scadbury Manor - London Walking Guidestar1 Scadbury Manor - London Walking Guidestar1 Scadbury Manor - London Walking Guide
London, Chislehurst
Walk Type: Woodland
Scadbury Manor
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Scadbury Manor - London Walking Guide boot Scadbury Manor - London Walking Guide
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A 6 mile circular walk from Chislehurst Station in South East London, heading through Petts Wood, taking in several memorials and on to the remains of Scadbury Moated Manor. IMPORTANT NOTE: The route is designed by the author to guide users to the memorials and the ruins of the Manor House. Being mainly in woodland, there are few clear landmarks and waymarkers on the ground and so, whilst the written directions have been carefully written, the use of the iFootpath App's live GPS map (showing your location) will greatly aid navigation.

There are a number of inclines and declines, however nothing strenuous. The paths are mostly through woodland and therefore they will get muddy after periods of rain (in the summer trainers normally suffice). There is a road crossing immediately after the station, but there is a bridge to allow safe crossing. Mid-way through the route there is another road crossing, which needs to be crossed twice (once there, once back); cars travel at speed on this road however the route crosses at a traffic island and there are generally plenty of gaps in the traffic. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock and there are no stiles on route. Allow 3 hours.

There are no toilets or shops on the route, so make sure you have everything you need at Chislehurst.

The walk begins at Chislehurst Railway Station, which has numerous trains per hour to and from London Charing Cross, London Bridge and London Cannon Street. If you are coming by car, the station has its own pay and display car park. Approximate post code BR7 5NN.

Walk Sections

Start to Hawkwood Estate
Start to Hawkwood Estate

Start point: 51.4053 lat, 0.0583 long
End point: 51.402 lat, 0.0635 long

The walk begins at Chislehurst Railway Station. As you exit the Chislehurst Station building, turn right to go down the small hill (the access road called Station Approach). Before you get to the main road, take the bridge on the right-hand side to cross this road. At the end of the bridge turn into the linear car park and walk to the far end (carrying on in the same direction as you were heading on the bridge).

At the end of the car park there is a footpath, continue on this until you come to a road; there are some imposing railway bridges on the right, do not go under these but continue ahead until you come to a barrier at the end of the car park. At this point turn left into the woods and walk a short distance until you come to a footbridge over a stream, turn right immediately before the bridge to enter Hawkwood Estate.

Hawkwood Estate to Petts Wood
Hawkwood Estate to Petts Wood

Start point: 51.402 lat, 0.0635 long
End point: 51.3971 lat, 0.0746 long

Continue on the path where you entered Hawkwood Estate. To your left there is a stream which runs parallel to the path. At the end of the path there is a T-junction, turn right here and go up the gentle incline.

At the top you will see a four-track railway line, the path continues by turning left to run alongside the railway. After a short distance you will come across a bridge which crosses the tracks, do NOT take this, but instead follow the path to the left of the bridge.

After a short distance you will see a graffiti'd storm drain on your right, continue past this and cross a small bridge as you enter Petts Wood.

Petts Wood to Edlmann Memorial
Petts Wood to Edlmann Memorial

Start point: 51.3971 lat, 0.0746 long
End point: 51.398 lat, 0.0806 long

As you enter Petts Wood the path splits into two with a signpost in front; this is your first glimpse of the London Loop signage (whilst the route encounters the LOOP a number of times, it does not follow it for any great distance). At this signpost take the left path (which follows the yellow arrow, the opposite way to the LOOP).

Keep to the main path until you get to the grouping of trees in the picture (one is shaped like a V) - this is where the path either bends to the right or continues up a short hill - go right, do NOT follow the path up the hill.

At the end of the path you will come to a T-junction (with another roughly V-shaped tree), turn left here (the path inclines slightly and almost immediately curves to the right).

Continue on the main path - there are multiple smaller paths that join but ignore these. Keep an eye out to your left, you will come to a clearing that has a bench and a memorial to Francis Edlmann.

Edlmann Memorial to Summer Time Memorial
Edlmann Memorial to Summer Time Memorial

Start point: 51.398 lat, 0.0806 long
End point: 51.4032 lat, 0.0793 long

Once you have reached the Edlmann Memorial you should swing around it to almost double-back on yourself.

FRANCIS ELDMANN
Francis Edlmann was the landowner of the neighbouring Hawkwood estate, who bought the land when it came up for sale in 1927 - effectively saving the woodland from being developed. When he died in 1950, developers attempted to buy and build on the land, however this was overturned by a public enquiry in 1955 and the land was subsequently privately bought and donated to the National Trust, who maintain it today.

Head down the path (to the right when facing the memorial), which continues for a short distance before you come to another T-junction (which has a post with a green arrow on it). Follow the arrow by turning right.

Continue on the path as the woodland opens into a field. At the end of the field you will encounter a crossroads of paths, with two yellow arrows. Ignore these arrows and head right to continue along the edge of the field.

At the top of the field, where you enter the woods again, turn left to enter a clearing. At the end of the clearing turn right (there is an information board at the far end). Soon after you will see the path splits into two; take the right-hand path which also curves to the right. Almost immediately you will see a clearing on your right-hand side - this is the memorial to William Willet, an advocate of 'Summer Time'.

Summer Time Memorial to St Paul's Cray Road
Summer Time Memorial to St Paul's Cray Road

Start point: 51.4032 lat, 0.0793 long
End point: 51.4021 lat, 0.0856 long

The walk pauses briefly here for you to see the memorial to William Willett.

WILLIAM WILLETT
William Willett was a British engineer who promoted the idea of Daylight Saving Time from 1905 until his death in 1915. Although he tirelessly promoted it, and managed to get it to parliament in 1909, he did not live to see it enacted, as it was considered too radical to 'move time'. Although his proposal of advancing clocks by 20 minutes every week for four weeks was voted down, his idea got a new lease of life the year after his death as the country was desperate to reduce energy consumption due to WWI - advancing time was seen as an important way to reduce energy needed for lighting. In 1916 British Parliament enacted DST, although in the more simple form of an hour in one go, vs. Willett's 20 minute increments.

Once you have seen the memorial, double back on yourself to leave the clearing and turn right to continue along the path you were just on. Continue on this path for about 100 metres (there are two paths here which run parallel, it doesn't matter which you take). You will start to hear the cars on St Paul's Cray Road, and you should turn left at a tree with a blue and white ring around it. You will come out onto the road with a bus stop on the pavement to your left and a traffic island to your right.

St Paul's Cray Road to Double Back
St Paul's Cray Road to Double Back

Start point: 51.4021 lat, 0.0856 long
End point: 51.4067 lat, 0.0847 long

Once you reach the road carefully cross it at the traffic island (take care as the cars can drive fast here, although there are generally plenty of gaps in the traffic). Once you have crossed the road, head straight into the wood on the path. After about 20 metres, turn left (in a small clearing), onto a path which runs parallel to St Paul's Cray Road.

Continue on this path for approx 400-500 metres. You will see paths break off occasionally - the rule of thumb is to to stay on the right-hand side, keeping parallel to the road (so no sharp turns but you will start to gradually diverge from the road).

You will soon see playing fields and a large building (school) on your right-hand side. Continue past this and you will see (or hear) a farm approaching on your right. Before you reach the farm, you need to take the path that curves sharply to the right to almost double-back (it is the picture in the next section) NOTE: if you hit another road 'The Drive' you've gone too far and will need to head back.

Double Back to Scadbury Moated Manor
Double Back to Scadbury Moated Manor

Start point: 51.4067 lat, 0.0847 long
End point: 51.4103 lat, 0.0972 long

Once you have taken the path which almost double-backs on yourself (pictured), continue on this for some time; other paths join, but stay on the main path.

You will soon come to Scadbury Manor. This is reached by a D-shaped path which breaks off on your left - as it is a D-shape, if you miss the first entrance you will be able to get to it very shortly afterwards by the other path - keep an eye out for it, but it is quite obvious when you have reached it.

SCADBURY MANOR
Scadbury Manor once stood on this site - its ruins are still clear to see. The manor is quite unique in that it is completely surrounded by a moat. The site is thought to have been first occupied in 1200, and was passed down through various families. The country house burnt down in the 1970s and the estate was subsequently bought by Bromley Borough Council in the 1980s. If you're lucky you may be able to enter the estate as there are open days occasionally during the year when you can enter the site.

Scadbury Moated Manor to Hawkwood Entrance
Scadbury Moated Manor to Hawkwood Entrance

Start point: 51.4103 lat, 0.0972 long
End point: 51.4065 lat, 0.0874 long

Once you have spent time looking at the old manor house, return to the main path (either by continuing round the D or heading back the way you came). Once you return to the main path turn right to head back the way you came.

NOTE: This section of route simply retraces your steps until you get back to the crossroads at the open field; if you can remember the way then you can ignore these instructions and jump to the next section.

To retrace your steps...At the end of the main path you once again meet the farm, and should turn sharply left to almost double-back. Continue on the path alongside St Paul's Cray Road and take a sharp right to get back to the crossing. Cross the road carefully, using the traffic island located between the two bus stops. Enter the woods just before the bus stop and turn right when you get to the main path, which has the tree with blue and white banding (which is where you originally turned off).

After you pass the William Willet memorial, turn left in the clearing (where the big metal sign is). To your right you will see the field you previously walked alongside. Turn right here and follow the path to the bottom of the field. You now deviate from your original outwood route by carrying straight ahead and entering Hawkwood.

Hawkwood Entrance to Hawkwood Exit
Hawkwood Entrance to Hawkwood Exit

Start point: 51.4065 lat, 0.0874 long
End point: 51.4032 lat, 0.0794 long

As you go ahead to enter Hawkwood Estate, continue down until you reach a fence where the path splits (pictured). Take the right-hand path; this eventually becomes a path with a larger equestrian path alongside, separated by a fence - you can take either side.

You will come to a stony road at the end. Turn left here and follow it for a couple of metres until you see a Public Footpath to the right. Turn right and follow the path to the end, where you will see some double gates on your right-hand side, head straight on (do NOT take the path that turns to the left).

At the bottom of the hill you will see a footbridge (and you are now back at the start of the second section where you entered Hawkwood Estate).

Hawkwood Exit to End
Hawkwood Exit to End

Start point: 51.4032 lat, 0.0794 long
End point: 51.4052 lat, 0.0582 long

You will now follow the original route back to Chislehurst Station. To do this, continue over the footbridge until you come to the car park. Turn right here and follow the path straight on (passing the railway bridges on the left). At the main road, cross using the footbridge to reach the station.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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