While the weather was sunny and lovely Sam and I did the last section of the Green Chain Walk. The Green Chain Walk is a 50 mile route that links all of South East London (starting at the Thames Barrier). The beauty of the walk is that you almost never leave a park, woodland, field or nature preserve. So the section of walk that we did today was about 5 miles one way. We walked about halfway back and then caught the bus- after almost 7 miles, no wander my legs were tired!
Here’s another embarrassing fact to admit: Last week I said that I’d never heard the word ‘lido‘ until I moved to England. Nor had I ever heard the word ‘stile’. What a doofus. Now I’ve not only worked the word into my vocabulary, but I’ve also climbed up on many a stile now.
The reason we chose this section to do today is because we wanted to go to Nunhead Cemetery as the next stop in our visiting “The Magnificent Seven,” the seven famous, private Victorian cemeteries in London. We’ve now visited Highgate, West Norwood, and Brompton with only Kensal Green, Tower Hamlets, and Abney Park left to visit.
Nunhead was owned by the same company that owned Highgate. Nunhead basically became full and was closed down and fell into disrepair when the original private company was bought by property developers. Nunhead was closed from 1969-1980, when the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery was formed to try to preserve and protect it. It was in such an appalling state that work repairing paths began in 1980, but the cemetery didn’t reopen to the public until 2001. It’s now a nature preserve.
Crossing over a stile.
Sweetly sucking like a suckerfish.
Nunhead main avenue.
WWI memorial wall.
Asking Sam if he thought he was related to the 5 men who shared his surname.
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