A sunny (but cold) day today, so it’s back on the trains for another section of the Capital Ring Walk.
Then more street walking, finally reaching Norwood Grove. The Great North Wood once covered all this area, hence the name Norwood.
The Grade II listed mansion, Norwood Grove, was built in the 1840s by Arthur Anderson, joint founder of the P&O Steam Navigation Company. It is now an education centre owned by Croydon Council.
The common, not surprisingly, leads to Streatham itself and the end of Section 4.
More street walking, then the extensive Tooting Bec Common and (open!) Lido:
Tooting Bec Lido has one of the largest swimming pools in Europe holding a million gallons of water. It was opened in 1906 as a conventional pool, but rebuilt as a lido, Italian for beach, in 1936. Its iconic blue pools, diving boards and sunbathing areas have been used in films such as Snatch with Brad Pitt.
Section 5 actually finishes a mile further on at Wimbledon Park station, but Earlsfield is much easier for the journey to/from Orpington.
8.5 miles of Capital Ring walking today and 1 Geocache found.
For more information on the Capital Ring, see https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/walking/capital-ring