This is the 4th section of the 78 miles (125 km) long Capital Ring. This section of The Capital Ring is definitely within my top 3 of Capital Ring walks. Most of the walks of The Capital Ring are through London’s green spaces. If you plan to walk all sections, I recommend this guidebook by Colin Saunders. This 4th walk of 4.4 miles (7 km) is a stunning and hilly walk with frequent beautiful views and crosses a great variety of green spaces. The route starts at Crystal Palace station and finishes at Streatham Common station. The entire route is well waymarked.
Starting at Crystal Palace station, the route provides several excellent views while leading you to Upper Norwood Recreation Ground and Biggin Wood, a remnant of the ancient Great North Wood. The next park is Norwood Grove with some fine views and gardens.
An unpaved drive and fenced path take you to the highlight of this walk; the impressive Rookery gardens. The Capital Ring does not enter these gardens, so make sure to take a diversion into The Rookery gardens.
Following the boundary of Streatham Common and turning into Lewin Road will take you to Streatham Common station where this walk ends.