Where is the Crystal Palace?

Crystal-Palace-transmitting-stationWhat’s that, asks Flavea, a fake Eiffel Tower?

Sure enough the Television Transmitter that reaches high above south London does look like that, but it makes me ask the question – Where is the Crystal Palace?

I just got back from Brussels, and after their World Fair they KEPT the Atomium, and it still looks amazing and from the future. It still represents the city, just as Le Tour Eiffel represents Paris.

But the Crystal Palace, all that remains is the name of a part of town, an echo of what was once there, like Lincolns Inn Fields, like Notting Hill Gate, like Beaver Lee Brook. A great glass building, a crystal mansion. Judging by the scale of the platforms and stairways, the great plaster sphinxes, it was pretty impressive, but it’s gone.

The walk crosses South London, following in part the Green Chain route. This is a wealthier area than we saw last time in Merton, with a fair amount of green space. The Green Chain route meanders into various parks. We start where we left off in Norbury, but climb quickly up Beulah Hill, across Norwood Green, and Westow Park, and on to Crystal Palace Park.

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Date & time: Sunday August 13th 2017, 1pm
Meeting place:
Norbury station
Distance: 6.3 miles, allow around 3 hours
End point: 
Beckenham Hill station, Lewisham
Book by
 email, or phone 077932 00932
Cost
: Free

Along the way there are some views of the City, from Convent Hill and Gipsy Hill.

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Volleyball at the National Sports Arena

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athletics track crystal palace

And dinosaurs by the lake:

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The walk continues to Beckenham Place Park:

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Here’s a map:

https://goo.gl/maps/rArgkWcYmCL2

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