Walk 59: Joyden's Wood
Distance: 2.1 Miles (1 Hour)
OS Map: Explorer 162 (Start at grid
Park in Summerhouse Drive. [Alternatively,
buses 476 from Dartford and Swanley and B15 from Bexley, Bexleyheath and
Eltham serve the stop (not Sundays or Bank Holiday Mondays).]
Go down the gravel track into the wood and
follow the track round a right hand bend. At a
T-junction, with a waymarked post and a seat opposite, turn right.
Follow the track downhill with the back gardens of houses on your right.
At the bottom, turn left. Walk down the valley until you reach a path on
the right up step. Ascend, ignore
first right turn and take second, signposted "VIEWPOINT", to
the viewpoint (a seat only) where you admire the view of the tops of trees (but not a
lot else). From the viewpoint, with your back to the seat, take the path
half-right. After a few metres, at a T-junction, turn right. On joining
a broader path at a T-junction, turn left downhill.
At the valley bottom, turn right and
follow the track along the valley until you reach some wooden railings
on the left and there is a stream on the other side. Continue until
track crosses the stream to join another track - turn left and climb
through the woods. At cross-paths, turn right at a waymarked post.
Follow this path, marked by blue waymarks, down steps to valley bottom.
Turn left along the valley and climb until you see a gate ahead, then
take a broad path left some distance before the gate.
On reaching a broad clearing, make for far
right hand corner. Take broad track and after a few metres turn right
along Faesten Dic walk (but make a detour left to information board
first if interested).
Follow Feasten Dic or red waymarks. Bear
right at dried up pond the take left turn. Cross broad bridleway, follow
section of duckboards and pass pond with seat on right. At another broad
bridleway take path opposite and follow edge of wood (golf course on
your right) to corner of golf course. Take path on right and follow,
keeping right at every junction, until it brings you back to the gate at
which you entered the wood. Go through the gate and down the track to
A defensive earthwork
built in Saxon times running for about a kilometre through the wood.
“Faesten” means fortress and “dic” means dyke.
profile of the ditch
Much of the ground
underlying the wood, especially the higher ground, is very pebbly –
these are the Blackheath Beds of sand and gravel.
There are also Woolwich Beds of clays and sands and, mainly in
the lower parts, Thanet bed of sands.
These are collectively known as the Palaeocene which lies above
the chalk of the North Downs and below the London Clay that is found
further east. In places
there are hollows in the ground known as deneholes – here people have
dug through the sands, gravels and clays to extract the chalk below to
make the soils less acid and perhaps also to obtain flints found in the
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