As expected today’s re-opening, after 25 years, of our very own local 18th century Gothic-style tower was a great success. Yes, Severndroog Castle is back in business for stunning views, magical woodland walks and lovely teas.
Perhaps the most striking thing about Severndroog is its setting. It’s like nothing else in London and feels like it. The approach to the castle sees the visitor meander through a centuries old wood and with each turn the anticipation builds. When eventually the castle is reached it’s like something out of a fairy tale.
The views from the top are second to none with the full panorama of London on display. Inevitably in these days of the smart phone this lends itself to selfies and the admirable people behind the @severndroog account have capitalised with the #severndroogselfie hashtag – do use it when you’re up there.
It’s also well worth a walk round the woods, perhaps heading up Shooters Hill to emerge at the Oxleas Wood cafe for more lovely views and tea.
The grand opening day itself was a jolly mix of acoustic music, story-tellers, owls, burgers and sausages (which was a somewhat disorganised affair it has to be said but worth it in the end), various games and – have we mentioned yet – tea. Mostly manned as far as this Radical could tell by volunteers – including the Scouts. Well done all, not least the Severndroog Castle Building Preservation Trust.
The weather helped and the opportunities to lounge around on the grass and take it all in made for a special day and no doubt for many more to come – it would, for example, be an ideal setting for a beer festival or some kind of outdoor theatrical production.
And for those wondering about the name of the Castle there’s an informative board that explains all:
The cafe is open each day apart from Monday from 09.00 to 17.00 and the castle on Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12.30 to 16.30. Details to be found here (www.severndroogcastle.org.uk) – though the Radicals would advise alighting the 486 or 89 at the stop before Memorial Hospital and walking up the Hill if coming from town rather than going past it and waking back on your self. Possibly after a quick stop at the great local boozer the Red Lion.
Do pay this place a visit when you have a moment – and don’t forget to take your selfie!