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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
I enjoy writing about Adelaide and its many attractions. If you think Adelaide is boring, the problem is not with Adelaide. adelaideunearthed.blogspot.com.au/
Published July 8th 2012
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Soaking the Sun on Hilly Fields


Hilly Fields is a tranquil park in South London, bordered by Ladywell, Lewisham, and Brockley. There are 30 acres of grassy area with some well placed groups of trees, and a small overgrown section which feels like you're in some ancient woodlands.

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A Splash of Colour on Hilly Fields


The summit is around 175 feet above sea level, so it has panoramic views of the area without feeling like you just climbed Mt Everest.

I once lived just down the road from here, and loved to ride my bike up and around the park. I'd settle down in some sunny spot to just relax and enjoy the quiet, watch the butterflies, or lay back to watch the high planes on their way to Heathrow or Gatwick.

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The Spire of St Andrew's Church Rises Above the Treeline


Choose the right day and the only sound you will hear is the soft sighing as the whispering wind wakes the leaves on a stand of trees nearby. Or maybe the odd bird singing to you.

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Trees With Contrasting Foliage Atop Hilly Fields


There is a school, tennis courts, and a playground on the hill too. Dog lovers, bowls and football followers are all catered for too. But if you want to chill out and read a book, take some rays, or do whatever you like to do alone, then there is plenty of room for that.

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Summer Flowers Escape Taming


If you lose yourself in time, on a sunny day you can check the huge sundial made of rocks brought from Scotland. It was installed on the morning of the spring equinox, March 21, 2000.

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The Hilly Fields Sundial


I could tell you about the history of the park, how Octavia Hill led a campaign to save it for the enjoyment of local residents in the late 1800's. But I'll let the Friends of Hilly Fields do that.

Because I'm just here to relax and enjoy myself.

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Contrasting Foliage in an Overgrown Corner
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Why? Hilly Fields is a tranquil refuge from traffic noise and work
When: 8am till sunset
Where: Hilly Fields, Adelaide Ave, London SE4 1LE, UK
Cost: Free
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