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Name:Sydenham Hill
Hill number:5588
Height:112m / 367ft
Parent (Ma):3686  Botley Hill
RHB Section:42: South-East England & the Isle of Wight
County/UA:Greater London (CoU)
London Borough:Lewisham (LB), Southwark (LB)
Class:London Borough Top
Grid ref:TQ 34088 72153
Summit feature:grass bank on W side of road
Col:108m  TQ340719  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 176 177
(1:25k) 161
Comments:Spot height on 1:10k map at W end of Crescent Wood Road
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  • Southwark London Borough top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 66 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Up from Sydenham Hill station to this unremarkable top.bevandy11408/01/2019
Well. It really is just a road isn't it. 37km run from Madia Vale over the 'mountain ridge' of South London. Accompanied by bike by trimarc2Fionalevey14/09/2018
Short walk from pubJanko27/08/2018
Parked and crossed the road to the grass verge outside the pub. Nice area.Campbell Singer05/08/2018
Train from Victoria to Gypsy Hill then walked to Crystal Palace, Westow Hill, Sydenham Hill and Forest Hill before taking the train back from Forest Hill.clivevilla04/08/2018
An evening circuit of Sydenham Hill, Westow Hill and Crystal Palace Hill from Crystal Palace station. The best part of the walk was wandering through Crystal Palace park en route to Sydenham Hill Road. In view of the topographic uncertainties of Westow Hill, I walked around the roundabout via the crossings, then seized my chance to carefully walk across the centre during a momentary lull in traffic. The ground behind the churchyard wall at Crystal Palace hill seems higher than both the pavement and the grassy lozenge by Forsyte Crescent.Nick Down128/03/2018
From Westow Hill via Crystal Palace Parade. Descent via Low Cross Wood Lane to Sydenham Hill station.Raymond Butler01/06/2017
Parked very close by.PeterD25/11/2016
Following a visit to the Horniman Museum & Gardens, a pleasant walk up leafy Sydenham Hill to its junction with Crescent Wood Road & the Wood House pub. (DB)gerrybowes12/11/2016
9/12 In London for weekend so did some Borough Bagging Ninth of Twelve (College Park/Harrow Road/St Johns Wood Park/Seven Sisters Road/Bethnal Green/Whitechappel/Shooters Hill/Langdan Shaw (Sidcup)/Sydenham Hill/Weston Hill/Sansterstead Plantation/Clock House)Fergalh01/10/2016
Stopped for a photograph whilst on the Green Chain Walk. Fairly unremarkable. High spot as identified by others next to the Green Chain Sign.Sixtyplus15/08/2016
Walked to this along the Green Chain. High point is on the road next to the pub.Swindon Bagger08/08/2016
Parked on Crescent Wood Rd, near the pub (The Wood House). HP seemed to be on N side Sydenham Rd, by the pub.jonglew20/07/2016
Second of two TUMPS and Two London Borough Tops - lovely sunshine and cloud spring dayRocksRock30/04/2016
TD, C &H by mobile kennelThis Dog20/02/2016
1 hr road walk by streetlight linking the 4 tops from Crystal palace to Forest Hill between tubes and train home. Less than 1 mile away in Dulwich College is a replica of the (tiny)James Caird- Shackleton's lifeboat that somehow, skippered by Frank Worsley survived 2 weeks in the Southern Ocean reaching South Georgia from Elephant Island as part of arguably the greatest epic adventure ever. A far cry from my minor 1 hr adventure tonight.Chris Pearson17/12/2015
Did this top on a horrible day after walking up Forest Hill, then going up Sydenham before returning to Forest Hill Station.Dragonzilla13/09/2015
3rd of 4 London Borough Tops bagged by bike!mcallmar10/09/2015
Crystal Palace station - Crystal Palace - Westow Hill - Sydenham Hill - Forest Hill - Forest Hill station.Mark Jackson20/08/2015
Grass bank W side of road, seems to be remnant of natural hedgebank extending from NRHW15/02/2015
On a rainy day between visitssimon and co29/01/2014
With Dazzlemagirob11/10/2013
6th of 12 LBTs today. How exciting, just walked downhill to get to this "top"!Hillsidenick14/05/2013
After work trip, inc Westow and Beulah hills. Not inspiring but pub was a good find!nordicstar23/04/2013
Nice pub nearby !!BazWylie16/03/2012
Another boring borough top at a road junction - cheer yourself up by linking it to Westow Hill via the very pleasant Crystal Palace Park (watch out for the dinosaurs!)wheresthepath29/12/2011
Fifteen of London Borough tops in 14 hours by bike from Kew. This one was visited 12h 30 min from start at Kew. The last one today, now 1h 30 min left for home and bed.NilsOS09/10/2010
Hot day but the Dulwich Wood pub garden was nicely shaded for a cooldown pint after the ascent!Nick24/04/2010
Pleasant walk through the woods and then onto Crystal Palace to pick up the Capital Ring.Overthehilljill22/09/2009
On the way to the top of the actual hill (Beulah Hill - a Nicholson) which ridiculously isn't listed in current lists, though 2 points on the way up are listed as 'county tops'! Beulah Hill is the real parent hill to my house.Messiaen15/03/2009
A lengthy pull up the alley from Sydenham Hill station.Smudge31/12/2008
Could be anywhere.destaylor15/07/2008
Walked along road en route to Dulwich Wood House pubRichard01/12/2007
Did many a time having lived in areasteverd30/08/2007
Martin R02/12/2018
Barbara Singer05/08/2018
Nomad Perkins18/02/2017
andrew brown09/09/2015