Spring is here and the days are getting longer. We’re not the only ones longing for fresh air. Here are five of the most well known London parks that are perfect for giving your dog a good run around in the capital.
1. Hyde Park (W2 2UH)
As one of the biggest open spaces in London, boasting 350 acres of land, it is a dog’s paradise. And best of all, it’s right in the middle of London.
This royal park has excellent transport links. There are five underground stations around the park. Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line); Queensway, Lancaster Gate and Marble Arch (Central Line). In addition, there are limited car parking spaces available.
There are a few places to watch out for though. Children’s play areas, restaurants, cafes and some sports areas are off limits. And your dogs must be on their leads in the Rose Garden and around Serpentine Lake.
The park is open from 5am till midnight all year round so it suits everyone’s dog walking schedules. And gives you time to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Victoria Park (E3 5TB)
Moving a bit further out of Central London, Victoria Park is situated in Tower Hamlets. It is London’s oldest public park, opened over 170 years ago. The Olympic Park is on its doorstep, as the park stretches from The River Thames right down to Regents Canal and goes though Mile End Park.
It’s known as ‘The People’s Park’ and is open from 7am till dusk. This allows plenty of time to let your dog stretch their paws. The nearest tube station, Mile End, is a 10-15-minute walk away, which will give you extra walkies time. Or catch the 277/425 bus from Grove Road, which takes you right into the park. Play areas are the only places to stay clear of.
The park also boasts two places to stop for a drink and a bite to eat – The Park Cafe and The Pavilion Cafe, which is included in TimeOut’s list of best London Park Cafes.
There is always plenty going on in the park, such as the special dog event at the ‘Hub Building’ in February. It offered live music and food (including doggie treats), to celebrate the many different dogs that roam around ‘Vicky park’.
Coming up soon is ‘Dog Jog’ on Sunday 29th October 2017 at 2pm. This is a unique series of 5k running events to keep you and your dog fit and healthy!
Richmond Park (TW10 5HZ)
The capital’s biggest enclosed space and also the largest Royal Park (with 2,500 acres), Richmond Park has a lot to keep you and your canine entertained. If you’re up for a full lap, it’s almost a seven-mile trek. But don’t worry if you’re not up to that sort of length, there are plenty of woodlands and shortcuts to explore.
It offers free parking and there are plenty of off-lead areas to allow your dog to run until their heart’s content. But dogs aren’t allowed in the Gardens or Pembroke Lodge and must be leashed around the ponds and deer.
Regents Park and Primose Hill (NW1 4NR)
Walk up Primose Hill with your dog and you get the reward of an unrivalled view of London’s landmarks. Its stunning sights are perfect to enjoy while your pooch munches on a doggy treat.
It is quite hilly (the clue is in the name), but there are footpaths so no need to dig out your wellies or clean your pup’s paws.
There are three underground stations surrounding the park – Regents Park Tube Station, Baker Street and Great Portland Street. Just remember to avoid the many Gardens and to keep a lead handy if you pass the Boating Lake.
Battersea Park (SW11 4NJ)
Situated south of Marble Arch, the park is within walking distance of Battersea Cats and Dogs Home. The nearest train station is Battersea Park.
The most unusual figure in the park in ‘The Brown Dog affair’ statue, built in memory of the dogs used in research experiments. If you want to have a mooch around, it sits next to the Old English Garden. The best feature of the park is the flat land.
Did you know? The first ever football game under FA rules was played at Battersea Park in 1864. Sheffield FC were victorious.
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