There are so many beautiful places to go for a walk in the City of London. It is so nice to switch off from the hustle and bustle of the busyness and stress sometimes. With Covid over the past 18 months, we have all started to respect our local areas more and we enjoy seeing new things. Because suddenly we noticed what was around us, we stopped to take note of different things.
Even if you are not from London, these are some awesome ideas of places to visit, if you want to go for a day out. Walks are free, they are easy and they are adventurous. When I get my child away from her devices and out in the fresh air, I know that I am winning at parenting. Here is a list of some great parks to visit in London.
You will find Kelsey Park in Beckenham outside of central London. The park was opened to the public in 1913 and although the original Gothic Manor was demolished in 1920, you can still find much of the past still there. There is an ornamental lake that is filled with wildlife and you can often see ducks and herons there.
Nearest Train Station - Beckenham Junction
In Southeast London, you will find Petts Wood. It covers more than 300 acres and is owned by National Trust. In February the ground is covered in snowdrops and it is a sure sign that spring is on the way. The trees are all a different variety of oak, ash, birch, hornbeam and horse chestnut. Petts Wood can be dated back to 1577 because it was mentioned in the will of William Pett. He was a shipwright and his family were quite influential back in their day. He supplied wood to his shipyards on the Thames.
The thing that makes it a good day out is that the cattle are allowed to graze in open fields. So you get to see them, up close and personal. In every season of the year, there is something different to see in the woodland. Wildflowers starting to emerge in the spring. Fully grown trees and luscious greenery in the summer, Golden leaves in the autumn, The stillness in the winter on crisp, cold days.
St James Park
St James Park is not anywhere near as big as Hyde Park, but it is usually busier than Hyde Park. It has a wide range of wonderful flower beds and cute animals. From cute exotic birds, swans and even pelicans. It is really well maintained, and beautiful to stroll around. It is easy to forget that you're in the middle of a city as busy as London. Take a picnic blanket on a sunny day and relax as you enjoy your picnic. There are professional gardeners to ensure that all of the flowers are beautifully kept in the park.
It is one of the great royal parks of London. You will also find The Mall and Horse Guards Parade as part of St James Park and it is surrounded by landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Whitehall. There is so much beauty to be found in the park.
Nearest Tube - St James Park.
The Northern Heights Parkland Walks
This parkland is perfect if you are looking for somewhere to go that is out of the main centre of London. The park is a 4 and a half route of the North Eastern Railway, between Finsbury and Alexandra Palace. The path takes you along to some old 'ghost' stations, that have long been abandoned. The walk is perfect if you are looking for a nature walk because it is London's longest nature reserve. You will see many different animals from hedgehogs, slow worms and deer on your walk.
Morden Hall Park
Morden Hall Park is in South London and you can find it beside the River Wandle. The park is part of the Morden Estate and many years ago it used to be a tobacco mill. The National Trust was given 125 acres in 1941 and the park is free for you to have a wander around. Make a day of it.
Nearest Tube - Morden