Hilly fields has a play area (with a sandpit), café, cricket pitch, bowling green (Frances Drake Bowling Club), 3 tennis courts, a converted basketball court and a stone circle to mark the millennium. It can be accessed via Hilly Fields Crescent, Vicars Hill, Adelaide Avenue and Montague Avenue. It was former farmland which, on 16th May 1896, was dedicated to the public after much campaigning by Octavia Hill (one of the 3 founders of the National Trust).
The park has many mature trees and fantastic views over London (best in winter when the trees are bare) there are hills to roll down and many bird species and minibeasts frequent the Park. There is an annual summer fayre on the Saturday nearest midsummer and a children’s funfayre in the spring.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
I first discovered Hilly Fields when I joined an open gym class after work. It is perfect for exercising as it is a vast open space but also offers some built in equipment. I have also attempted the park run (an organized 5km every Saturday morning) which was great fun.
As the name suggests is it hilly but there are some slopes that are more easy going than others, although the play area is at the top whichever way you go. There are some great slides and plenty to offer for all ages, my daughter is 2 and loves it. There is a big sand pit, swings and a couple of boat shaped climbing frames.
The toilet block has been recently transformed into a café which offers amazing ice cream (and milkshakes), sandwiches, coffee and cake. I would say some of the cakes are pricey though for the size you get. They offer soya alternatives and gluten/dairy free cake.
In the summer it is a great park to meet friends, throw down a picnic blanket, grab a coffee and enjoy the view. In the winter hold onto your hats as it can get windy but is still a lovely place for a stroll.
Review by: Charlotte Tuson
Hilly Fields Park is a marvellous resource; there is a fabulous fenced playground as well as fitness equipment, tennis courts and a basket ball court. There are two wildlife areas and a cafe with healthy choices including veggie and vegan options. The cafe welcomes breastfeeding.There are accessible toilets and a baby change area. There are many activities such as yoga, boot camp and nordic walking. The park also has space for cricket, football and bowls. Bus 122 and 484 run along beside the park.
Review by Debbie Wells
Address: Adelaide Ave, SE4 1LE.
Website: www.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/openspaces/parks/Pages/hilly-fields or ‘Friends of the Park’: www.hilly.org.uk
Playground: As well as a large sandpit, the playground has the usual range of climbing frames, slides & swings. However what makes it a little different from the rest is the fact that the equipment is a little unusual so you can pretend to be a train driver or conquering the world from the top of a giant insect! If you tire of the playground, you can always head to the mud kitchen (located behind the cafe) to cook up a storm (Charlotte).
The is a large well equipped playground with a large sand pit. There is also stepping stones/ picnic area and a mud kitchen near the same (Debbie).
Cafe: Yes, serving ice-cream, sandwiches, coffee and cake. Run by Pistachios In The Park: www.pistachiosinthepark.org.uk/category/hillyfields, and offering events. There is inside and outside space a children’s menu is available.
Toilets: Yes – at the back of the cafe building. There is one accessible toilet with baby change facilities and one ordinary toilet.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: As it is hilly, a wheelchair could be challenging but buggies are ok.
Parking: Free, on-street parking available.
Train: Ladywell (Lewisham, Crofton park and Brockley are within walking distance.
Bus: 122 & 484 pass the park, 172 & 171 pass nearby.
Phone: No phone number but you can contact the café on 0208 694 3674 or Glendale (park maintenance) on 0208 318 3986.
Email: [email protected] (park maintenance).
You can take part in the Parkrun (a 5km run organized nationally on a Saturday morning) and several open gym groups and personal trainers use this park so it is a great place to get fit! There are fantastic views over London, especially The Shard poking through the trees.