I’m taking a virtual walking tour ‘above ground’ on the London Underground. Using my Tube guide and my fitbit® device, my goal is to walk at least 10,000 steps a day roughly following along the Underground route, reporting back here on Fridays with my findings. This is Day 13.
Old Camberwell Cemetery/ Photo by Katie Hare via Pearrls.com
It’s a perfect day for walking, unusually balmy (why not, it’s make-believe) as I start the day by retracing my steps from Peckham Rye Station (overground, not the underground) along Peckham Rye and past the Camberwell Cemetery—must get back there one day—to the wonderful Hornimam Gallery.
Oh, wow, I think, it is wonderful, wishing I was here a dozen years ago holding my then-ten year old son’s hand as we explore Frederick Horniman’s collection in the Natural History Galley.
Long-tailed Field Mouse; Wood Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus)
There’s so much to see here, thousands of objects on display. In addition to the Natural History Gallery there’s an aquarium and a music space plus a dizzying array of anthropology and archeological finds. Outside there’s acres of park—and an honest to goodness British bog—a beautiful conservatory that sparkles in the sun.
And it’s all free. Or mostly. There are special exhibits that do require tix so check the website. The Victorian conservatory has a cafe attached so your hungry kids can eat before the irritability sets in. It’s also available to hire for private parties and as you might expect is popular with June brides.
There’s no way I can fit it all into a couple of hours in the morning. I was planning on lunching at the Belair House and then heading to the Dulwich Picture Gallery after lunch, before bedding down at the Tulse Hill Hotel. But I’ve been quite far enough for one day, and you’ve read more than enough from me. They’ll wait until next week. Hoping you will too.
Here’s a video via the museum highlighting its fascinating and family friendly features.
Note to self: come back in real time one day.
Old Camberwell Cemetery
Brenchley Gardens, Greater London SE23 3RD
+44 20 7525 5600
Horniman Museum & Gardens
100 London Rd, London SE23 3PQ
+44 20 8699 1872
Counting the Fitbit Steps
Day 1-12: 134,350 steps / 57.2 miles (approx)
Day 13: Peckham Rye Station to Horniman’s
5000 steps/2.4 miles
Total Imaginary Miles to Date 139,350 steps / 59.6 miles
Go back to Day 12: Feeling Peckish in Peckham Rye Catch up on all my virtual London walks here.