‘Mo money, mo, erm, river’
Suitably refreshed, we step from the tarmac and tannoy of Ladywell Station into the calm of Ladywell Fields. This park is a revelation – your humble author freely admits that it was the greatest discovery while researching this series. Deceptively cosy and trim, it stretches for what feels like miles, and – enchantingly – its character evolves as you pace the distance.
As you move southwards, passing skaters turning acrobatics on a nifty little concrete structure, Lewisham Hospital looms large to your left. Reaching an impressive spiral set of steps, cross the bridge and the river Ravensbourne – admiring the substantial athletics track ahead to your left – to enter the second section of the park.