Situated at walking distance from Eltham High Street, the train station and Falconwood train station, is Eltham Park with its large and flat green area, café, playground and forest trails. The diversity of the park makes it a perfect place for families with children of all ages to play ballgames, explore and have picnics.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
My three-year-old loves the playground in Eltham Park as it is less busy, which means that he can run around like a little maniac and not have to queue to go on the swings. There is a little wooden train that is perfect for smaller children to climb on. But do stay away from the roundabout as it is really not advisable to spin that much after a certain age…..
As the park is mostly flat it is great for kicking a ball around and practicing riding a bike along the tree-lined avenues. We do a lot of bear hunting and stick collecting in the forest in the north park. One can never have too many sticks. Or bears.
The café is very reasonable, and they have a playroom at the back if it is raining or you prefer to sit inside. It is run by a lovely couple and is well-known for their amazing roast dinners. Do try the cheeseburgers. They are amazing!
Address: Glenesk Road, London SE9 1AN.
Playground: Yes, playground is good. Slides, climbing frames, spinning roundabout, wooden climbing train for the smallest ones.
Cafe: Yes, well priced and famous for their amazing roast dinners and cheeseburgers.
Toilets: Yes, they are ok. Not lovely or really clean, but not too bad. No baby changing. Wheelchair accessible.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Yes, the park is very accessible. It has paved paths.
Parking: Free parking by the playground in Eltham Park South.
Train: Eltham Station and Falconwood Station.
Bus: 621, B16, 132, 162, 286, 624, 660, B15.
Phone: 020 8921 6885.
The park is divided by the A2 into Eltham Park North and Eltham Park South. The north park, which is next to Shepherdleas Wood, has forest trails and a duck pond. The South Park, which is adjacent to Eltham Warren Golf Course, has a playground, fenced off picnic area, a café, outdoor gym and tennis courts.
The park has retained its Green Park Award for the period of 2013 to 2014 and is well loved by local families and dog owners. It is part of the Green Chain Walk and part of the London Cycle Network runs through it.
Even if the park is well used, it is less busy than some of the other parks in the area. There is free parking next to the playground, and the fenced off picnic area is great for enjoying your lunch without being visited by curious canine noses. The park café is open every day from 9 am and has a good selection of sandwiches, ice cream, home-made cakes, coffee and tea.
Review By: Mette Mytting Ellison