Tired of the same old dog walks in London? Here we have some of the less well-known places from across the capital. They are easy to get to so that you can take your canine for a good walk without too much hassle.
Top Tip: For those of you travelling by car, you’ll want to avoid the Royal Parks where parking space is limited, or even non-existent. And if you’re in a van or larger vehicle, you won’t be allowed inside them at all. Here are the alternatives…
Highgate Wood (N6)
History – An ancient plot of land in North London that is full of wildlife.
Why here? It is a great place to let your dog roam around freely. And there are many woodland walks for you and your pooch to enjoy. Leaflets with trial guides are available from the information desk to help you find your way around. Wood keepers are on site every day if you still manage to get lost!
Transport and accessibility – Open from 7:30am till sunset all year round. A few disabled parking spots are inside the park, but side-road parking is available. Close to Highgate station (Northern Line), it is also accessible via the 43, 134 and 263 buses. Like the bigger parks, it provides toilet facilities.
Did you know? It is a registered charity and has received the Green Flag award 20 years running.
Lincolns Inn Fields (WC2A 3TL)
History – Created in the 1630s, it took its name from the adjacent Lincolns Inn.
Why here? As the largest public square garden in the capital, it has plenty to offer dog walkers.
Transport and accessibility – It is a five-minute walk to Holborn underground station from the park, which serves the Piccadilly and Central lines. Chancery Lane, also on the Central line, is a similar distance away.
Did you know? A character in Charles Dickens‘ novel, Bleak House, has offices in the Fields, and one of the book’s most prominent scenes is set there.
Paddington Recreation Ground (W9 1PD)
History – The park is believed to be the earliest public athletics ground in London, including 13 tennis courts among many other sporting pitches.
Why here? Dedicated dog exercise areas will ensure that your pooch gets the workout they need. One is located next to the car park, with two others situated at the opposite end of the park, near the Grantully Road Gate and Morshead Road Gate. The nature trial and wildlife area will also allow you to explore the depths of the park. Yummy homemade food is available from Café Verona if you get a bit peckish.
Transport and accessibility – The park opens at 7:00am daily, but closing times vary throughout the year, ranging from 4:30pm in winter to 9:30pm in the summer (currently 5:30pm). It offers a large car park if you need to drive there and disabled access toilets within its grounds. The nearest tube station is Maida Vale (Bakerloo Line) and is located around the corner from one entrance to the park.
Did you know? It is the largest area of parkland within the City of Westminster and is recognised as a ‘Site of Local Importance for nature conservation’.
Morden Hall Park (SM4 5JD)
History – A National Trust park located on the banks of the River Wandle. Dating back to the 1770s, it was originally owned by Westminster Abbey.
Why here? 120 acres of scenic parkland is just waiting for you and your Fido to go and explore. Canines are free to be taken off their leads in the wider park. There are plenty of dog waste bins located all around the park and spare bags are even available from the garden centre. Dog food, treats and toys are all available there too if you want to treat your pup. Dogs are welcome inside the Stable Yard café when it reopens this Spring.
Transport and accessibility – Jump on the Northern Line (southbound) to Morden and get off at the last stop! The Tramlink light rail line (from Wimbledon to Croydon) runs through the northern part of the park. Phipps Bridge and Morden Road tram stops are less than a mile away from the park. Car parking is available at the main entrance. Different parts of the park close at different times so don’t get caught out Opening times vary on Sundays, too.
Did you know? A number of historic buildings are located in the park, including Morden Hall – a military hospital during WWII, and preserved watermills where tobacco used to be ground into snuff.
Trent Country Park
History – Created as parkland in the 14th Century, the land was re-opened as Trent Country Park in 1973. Some features of the original landscape, including lime trees, lakes and a water garden, are still intact. The house and surrounding buildings are now grade two listed buildings.
Why here? Forming part of London’s green belt and known as the capital’s country retreat, this is a beautiful place to take a relaxing walk with your dog. There is a large stretch of grassy fields and woodlands to explore, full of wildlife and character. Deer, rabbits and pheasants and kingfishers are just some of the animals and birds that roam around on the former royal hunting ground.
Transport and accessibility –Cockfosters (Piccadilly Line) is the nearest underground station, located less than five minutes away from the park. There are two vehicle entrances, from Cockfosters Road and Hadley Road. Free car parking is available.
Did you know? Part of a 1983 episode of Doctor Who was filmed in the park, with Peter Davison starring as the Fifth Doctor. The Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service is also located within the Park.
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