So, section 1. If these sections had names, this would probably be called ‘Classic Brockley’, as it showcases two of the area’s best-known green jewels in the SE4 crown – namely, Hilly Fields and Brockley Cemetery.
Our route starts at Brockley’s beating heart – the station. (Obviously if you live locally then you can tailor this to suit your actual starting location.) Head up one of the roads leading off Brockley Road, through the conservation area to the north-west corner of Hilly Fields. This beautiful open space has a proud history, having been common land before becoming a common-or-garden public park. Formerly a slim section of Deptford Common, it has played host to suffragettes’ rallies and was saved from rapacious housing developers by legendary campaigner Octavia Hill, among others.
Friends of Hilly Fields www.hilly.org.uk
Friends of Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries www.foblc.org.uk
Ladywell Tavern ladywelltavern.com/