Visiting a cemetery might not be high on many visitors’ agenda, but for those seeking a slightly alternative experience and are in the vicinity, the peaceful surroundings of Nunhead Cemetery in London may well be worth a visit.
At the start (or end) of one of the branches of the Green Chain Walk (a network of footpaths that link the many green spaces in South East London), the cemetery is one of the lesser known ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries built around London in the Victorian era to alleviate the overcrowding in churchyards. Walking around the 52-acre site gives you the feeling of being in a slightly spooky period drama with the impressively restored Anglican chapel as its centrepiece.
Great views of St Paul’s Cathedral and the City can be seen from the cemetery, and being a nature reserve, it is also a prime spot for wildlife including woodpeckers, song birds and tawny owls. Tours are offered once a month. Dates and times on the ‘Friends of Nunhead Cemetery’ website.