IF ONE OF YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS WAS TO GET MORE EXERCISE, HERE IS
the company of dogs
TEN TOP PLACES TO WALK WITH YOUR DOG IN SOUTH EAST LONDON:
- FOOTS CRAY MEADOWS – Sidcup, DA14 5AG
Although a bit of a drive down the A20 from South-east London, Foots Cray Meadows is an excellent place for a good walk with your dog. There is a large open space, woods and a river. What more could a dog want? Free car park at the Stables and on the slip road to the south. Great for picnicking in the summer. Unfortunately no café and even worse no loos! But this is still a dog walkers paradise.
- OXLEAS – Shooters Hill, London SE18 3JA
A spacious group of ancient woodlands in South-east London. They are Jack Wood, Crown Wood and Oxleas Meadow. There are two cafes – Oxleas Wood Café and Severndroog Castle café http://www.severndroogcastle.org.uk/ Parking is free.
- GREENWICH PARK – SE10 8QY
I don’t think anyone in South-east London needs an introduction to Greenwich Park. It is the oldest Royal Park in London, the stomping ground of Henry VIII and a dog walker’s haven. Parking inside the park is expensive but you can park outside in certain roads for upto 2 hours free. There are two cafes and a sausage van but you can get a cheaper cup of tea from the Blackheath Tea Hut outside.
- THAMES PATH – SE10 0QZ
Starting from the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park (up river from the Thames Barrier) it is approximately a 3 mile walk along the Thames (westbound) to Greenwich Town Centre. There is a pathway that passes the O2 Dome and the Royal Naval College (now the home of Greenwich University). This is one of my favourite walks with pubs en route and then finishing in Greenwich Park. It is possible to park near the Ecology Park but it is limited to 2 hours and the circuit could take more, especially if you stop at pubs and in the Park.
- ELTHAM PARK – SE9 1AN http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/directory_record/3769/eltham_park_south
Free car park off Glenesk Road with an open park land and a café. At the far end of the park there is a bridge crossing the A2 into Shepherdleas Wood and Eltham Park North which also leads onto Oxleas Woods by crossing Rochester Way.
- SHREWSBURY PARK – Plum Lane, SE18
Quiet park with beautiful trails and magnificent views over London. Free car park.
- SCADBURY PARK – Chislehurst, BR7 6PL
Scadbury Park is the grounds of the old Scadbury Manor. There is a circular trail through woodlands and open meadows which can take an hour to walk. Dogs need to be on lead on some of the route as it is a nature reserve and there are horses in fields. There are free car parks but beware of thieves. The one off Old Perry Street it is near the Sydney Arms pub which is good for after walk refreshments/meals. Dogs allowed in the bar and beer garden.
- CHINBROOK MEADOWS – SE12 9TL
There is a free car park and cafe, open meadows with stream. Pathway also leading to Elmstead Woods for an extended walk.
- CHARLTON PARK & MARYON WILSON PARK– SE7 8RE
Charlton Park is the grounds of the Jacobean Charlton House. The grounds are open green space, not large but good for a short walk and there is a nice café. Also, it leads onto Maryon Wilson Park.
- MANOR HOUSE GARDENS – SE13 5QP
Small enclosed gardens with a circular route for a short walk and an enclosed area specifically for dogs which can be quite good for socialising. There is also a café in the gardens. Unfortunately though it is metered parking for non-residents.