Royal ParadeWelcome on board our Tour of Chislehurst, designed and presented by The Chislehurst Society, to show how much of Chislehurst's rich and varied history can still be experienced today.

Chislehurst can date itself back to before the Norman Conquest, and there has been continuous settlement here for a thousand years or more. Most of what we can now see was developed since the middle of the 19th century, though some buildings, such as the parish church, are much older. Chislehurst became a fashionable place to live after the exiled Emperor of France took up residence here, which nearly coincided with the extension of the railway to Chislehurst. There followed a huge expansion of building and development, which formed the basis for Chislehurst as it is today. At the same time the new residents wanted to maintain a rural feel to Chislehurst, and they campaigned successfully to keep the Commons, Petts Wood and Scadbury Park as open spaces.

There is much to see, and our tour is designed to let you see the charms of Chislehurst past and present, either from the comfort of your home, or by walking or cycling the route. The tour starts at Chislehurst Station, which is located on the southwestern edge of Chislehurst, and it is here that we will finish, though of course being circular, the tour can be started and finished where you like!

Some notes to bear in mind:

We have not been able to include all parts of Chislehurst in this tour, in particular, the areas north of Red Hill, the stretch of Green Lane from Belmont Parade, and the parts of Chislehurst near Leeson's Hill are not included. They are lovely places, but not easy to include in an organised trip.

What to look out for
Directions to the next stop

Note on the Tour for walkers and cyclists:

The walk is some 7 miles long (plus another mile or so if you extend it to Babington House and Bullers Wood). There are three steep hills, Summer Hill, Red Hill and Logs Hill (if you take the detour to Bullers Wood), otherwise the route is reasonably comfortable. Apart from the trip to Willett Memorial Wood (Stop 16) and any walking you do on the Commons, which are on grass or dirt tracks, the route is served by pavements in reasonable condition. You will need to cross some busy roads during the tour.