September 28, 2013 · 2:30 PM
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Explore London! Get out and see your City in the company of great friends!
Perhaps you have never been to this part of South London before? Although you have probably heard much about Crystal Palace Park. Now see a new part of London....now is your opportunity to check it out!
Join us for a Saturday afternoon stroll through history, from prehistoric times, Egyptian, Victorian right up to modern sporting times. Today we take an insightful stroll around CRYSTAL PALACE PARK.
Travel to Crystal Palace (Zone 3) on the London Overground Line to Crystal Palace station. Alternatively travel by British Rail mainline to Crystal Palace Station, or local buses.
Walking and talking are two of of life's free social activities. From Crystal Palace station we will take a leisurely freestyle Saturday afternoon stroll through time and history in Crystal Palace Park, before retiring to a local hostelry to reflect on what you have seen.
Walking is along paths only. No special shoes or walking gear required. Please dress appropriately for weather conditions.
PLAN B - Walking events should always be fun and have a Plan B - If the weather is wet, walking in the rain is no fun, therefore we may reschedule this walk. Check the event on Sunday morning for the latest weather update. Final decision on the weather will be taken at 12 noon.
Crystal Palace Park was a Victorian pleasure ground used for many cultural, patriotic and sporting events. The Park is most famous for the the reconstructed Crystal Palace containing the Great Exhibition which had been originally located in Hyde Park before it closed in 1851, After more than 80 years at its new location at Crystal Palace Park the famous glass and iron Palace was ultimately destroyed by fire 1936.
Also of interest is the work of the sculptor Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins who erected the first lifesized models of the (then) newly-discovered dinosaurs and other extinct animals in the park.
The park once housed a football ground, which hosted the FA Cup finals from 1895 to 1914.
The extensive grounds were also used in pre-war days for motorcycle and, after the 1950s, for motorcar racing; this was known as the Crystal Palace circuit. Parts of the track layout remain in 2005 as access roads. The track itself fell into disuse after 1972, although it has been digitally recreated in the Grand Prix Legends racing simulation and 2010 sees the 10 years of campaigning work to reopen the track culminating in The return of Motor racing to Crystal Palace
The park also housed one of the pioneer speedway tracks, opening for business in 1928. The Glaziers raced in the Southern and National Leagues up to 1933 before moving on to a track in New Cross.
The Park is home to the famous athletics track where many international events have been held.