Cross Blackheath from the top end of Greenwich Park and you’ll soon find yourself in Charlton, one of the oldest settlements in London. An Iron Age hill fort was excavated in Maryon Park, Charlton in the 1920s and it seems very likely that there were stone age inhabitants in the same area.
Maryon Wilson Animal Park is now situated in the same area, which is a pretty wooded park, and probably looks quite similar to how it did in the Iron Age, except Iron Age settlers probably didn’t have guinea pigs and a petting area.
There’s lots of lovely parkland in Charlton stretching from the Thames Barrier up to Charlton village which is dominated by the Jacobean grandeur of Charlton House. Back down towards the river, at the bottom of the hill is The Valley, home to Charlton Athletic, and a popular and noisy Saturday afternoon venue for locals.
Just behind Charlton House is Charlton Park where keen skateboarders and rollerbladers can find Charlton Skate Park This free facility has a series of elevations and dips designed to suit fans of skating, cycling, and scooting no matter what their age or ability. A viewing mound gives spectators a better look at the 900m2 facility which curves around a mini gym.