Blackheath

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Photo by Helen Hamston from Mummy's Gin Fund.
Blackheath stretches across the very top of South East London from Greenwich Park into the pretty village. It’s often a bit breezy across the Heath so it’s a great spot for kite flyers, wind-skateboarders and dogs.

During summer it is a great location for a picnic, and as the Heath is so vast there will be no fighting for a space. There are also three lovely little duck pond on the Heath.

MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:

The Heath is a truly wonderful place to visit. It is wonderful just to walk around the vast open space. Also a great spot for any outdoor games you or your little one may want to visit. Its proximity to Blackheath Village means it can be a perfect spot to spend a few hours before heading to some of the family friendly pubs (Princess of Wales is a personal favourite of mine – no toys in the pub but a lovely relaxed atmosphere). The Heath is also perfect if you have children and dogs – if you do fancy a trip to the Heath I would say take a picnic blanket, a frisbee/kite and football for a fun filled free morning/afternoon.

Address: The Heath, Tranquil Vale, SE3 9LE (Blackheath is so vast – this will get you to one part of it).

Website: www.visitgreenwich.org.uk/blackheath/

Playground: There is no playground on the heath. The nearest playground can be found in Greenwich Park – approx a ten minute walk away.

Cafe: Blackheath Village is a 2-5 minute walk away from the heath and has lots of child friendly restaurants including Giraffe and Home Made Foods (Tranquil Vale, Blackheath SE3 OBU) . Also the 24 hour Blackheath Tea Hut (Goffers Road, Blackheath, SE3), is a famous land mark of Blackheath and worth a visit. It really is just a tiny tea hut and maybe not your first stop if you are with children but it has been on the Heath for many years and certainly part of its charm.

Toilets: There are no public toilets on the heath, but lots of cafes, pubs and restaurants in the village have toilets. If you smile sweetly, they will hopefully let you use them. There are also public loos down the side of Barclays Bank (infront of the post office) (this is one of those funny booths with the automatic doors so maybe more suitable for brave people!), downstairs in the library (with baby change) and downstairs at Blackheath Station (with baby change).

Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Very mobility friendly – lots of paths suitable for prams and wheelchairs.

Parking: Parking near blackheath can be tricky. A good spot to try is on Pond Road (SE3 9JL) there are usually some pay and display spaces to be found there.

Nearest Station: Blackheath Train Station. This is approx a five min walk away from the Heath. The station does have step free access and there are also toilets and changing facilities in the station.

Train: Blackheath Train Station

DLR: Lewisham DLR. A 20 Minute walk to the heath. Or catch the bus 108, 54 or 89 up Belmont Hill and they will drop you in Blackheath Village.

Tube: North Greenwich. You would then need to get the 108 bus towards Blackheath Village and get off in the village.

Bus: Routes 53, 54, 89, 108, 202, 386 and 380 all pass close by the heath.

Phone: 020 8921 4661 (Greenwich Council)

Email: info@visitgreenwich.org.uk

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Hare and Billet Pond – this is the most natural looking of the ponds I would say it is the best for wildlife. Located by Hare and Billet Road, Blackheath, SE3 0QJ
Princess of Wales Pond – a favourite spot for feeding ducks for little ones, you will need to bring your own feed. Located by Pond Road, Blackheath SE3 9JL.
Mounts Pond – this pond is smaller and can be dried out during the summer months. Still worth a visit if you are on the Heath. Located by Mounts Pond Road, Blackheath SE3 0QX.

The Heath is home to many events such as the London Marathon Start Point, Blackheath Fireworks and the On Blackheath festival so you may wish to combine your visit with one of these great events. The Heath is free for anyone to visit – you will need research the costs for individual events.

It’s also a great spot for funfairs (between £1-£2.50 per ride) and circus’ on bank holidays.

 

Review by Sofia Thomas

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Founder of MGF, Helen is a mum of four who spends way too much time on the interweb and not enough time in bed. She loves wearing her dressing gown, car boot sales and watching TV programmes featuring food. Her specialist subjects include 'how to overfill your car boot' and 'how to avoid dusting'. Follow her at Twitter: @Ginfund, Facebook: @MGFund, Instagram: @mummysginfund and online: www.mummysginfund.co.uk.