Plumstead Common is a surprisingly wild green space in the urban, densely populated, Borough of Greenwich, south east London.
Within the Common is The Slade – an ancient valley that was formed at the end of the last Ice Age when the melting glaciers formed rushing rivers. Now, the ravine is dry and “lined with scrub heathland vegetation, sloping down steeply from the level of Plumstead Common to the flood plain of the Thames”.
It’s a 10 minute amble (approximately 0.25 miles) from Warwick Terrace on Plumstead Common down into The Slade and then up and out onto Winn Common.
The Slade Ponds lie at the bottom of the valley.
The steps out of The Slade deliver intrepid explorers to Lakedale Road and onto Winn Common, another green space.
Links to groups and individuals associated with Plumstead Common and Woolwich