10 Local Parks

Ridgeway park 002 smallAlthough we all love living in the city it is nice to find some green space to take the kids or read the papers on a sunny day. Here are a few of the less well know green spaces.

Crystal Palace Park

I promised you dinosaurs and here they are hidden in Crystal Palace park. There is  free audio track you can download to learn about the history of the dinosaurs or you can just enjoy finding all 33 of them.

Ridgeway Park

Ridgeway park boasts over 5 hectares of open space, play areas for under 7’s and under 12’s, tennis courts and exercise equipment but the main attraction is a miniature railway maintained by Chingford and District Model Engineering Club, which was once visited by Walt Disney.

Clissold Park

A real favorite with the locals Clissold Park in Stoke Newington this former private estate was first opened to the public in 1889. There is an aviary and small animal enclosure, play areas and paddling pool.

Springfield Park

Another gem in Hackney is Springfield Park. The park has a cricket pitch, bowling green and tennis court as well as a children’s playground. Lacking a near by underground station this is often only frequented by locals.

Victoria Park

One of London’s oldest public parks, Victoria park makes up part of a green corridor that runs from Limehouse through to Mile End Park. It was awarded Green Heritage status in 2013.

Lloyd ParkLloyd Park

Lloyd Park (pictured right) is situated behind the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow. In 2012 it was restored with money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.

Hollow Ponds

Also known as Leyton Flats, Hollow Ponds sits at the top of Lea Valley. There is a boating lake where you can hire rowing boats, a boathouse cafe, and stunning views of Epping Forest.

Burgess Park

Burgess park is Southwark’s largest park and used to house factories and densely populated streets before being badly bombed in the World War II. The park reopened in 2012 after an £8 million development.

Ravenscourt Park

There is a nature trail, paddling pool and adventure playground for the little ones and for adults there is a peaceful walled garden and garden centre.

Cannizaro Park

This park covers 35 acres of open land on Wimbledon Common and was a private garden for about 300 years. The main attraction is the large selection of plants and areas of woodland making very pleasant surroundings for a gentle stroll.

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