Foots Cray Meadows
How to get there: If approaching from Orpington, make for Crittal’s Corner, go under the A20 and take the opposite exit (the one for B&Q) and carry straight on to the traffic lights at the bottom of Sidcup Hill. Go straight across at the lights into Rectory Lane. The lane bends sharply left at the church and the entrance to Foots Cray Place is on the right 250 metres past the bend.
Grid Reference: TQ 474 715
Nearest Postcode: DA14 5AG
Parking: There is a free car park at Foots Cray Place.
Map with thanks to Ordnance Survey.
1 From the car park entrance, turn left along the private drive. At the corner, head through the gate on the right, bear left uphill and up a bank onto a wide track.
2 Turn right with the boundary of Cleeve Park School on the left and woodland on the right. At the corner of the wood, turn right along the track.
3 When you emerge into open meadow, turn left to head along the edge of the woodland. Cross the track leading from the Five Arch Bridge on the right and continue across the meadow.
4 Here, you will reach a footbridge where you should cross the river. Turn right along the riverbank and follow the path which runs parallel to the river. Pass by Five Arch Bridge, but do not cross it. Head on past the broad section of the river, crossing the side stream by a small bridge and continue to another bridge. Cross the River Cray and bear right at the fork, before heading back uphill to the car park.