‘This large, tree-lined park in the western part of Eltham features areas of open grassland, meadow and wetland. The river Quaggy meanders through the site after a flood alleviation scheme was created, releasing it from its underground culvert. Rich in wildlife, Sutcliffe Park has been declared a local nature reserve and is one of Greenwich’s Green Flag sites.’
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
Makes for a lovely morning or afternoon visit. Not an all day activity. The 1 mile mostly flat paved circuit is perfect for buggies or to cycle/roller skate/scooter and is popular for local joggers. A great place to learn to ride a bike for the first time. The playground is fence enclosed and is enough to keep any age child content. There is an outdoor gym and table tennis area for free use. Inside the 1 mile circuit there is a duck pond where you often also see swans and a boardwalk (starting to look as though it is time for renewal) through the nature reserve area which forms part of the local flood defences. A great park if you are a parent who is also a dog walker, as suitable for children and dogs with the easy access via the free parking on Eltham Road. Dogs are not permitted in the playground area. The park is generally well presented, tidy and mess free compared to other parks.
One concern is that the entrance gates, as well as the gates opposite the Athletics club (big enough for delivery trucks to enter) are often left open and do not have automatic closers. At those points along the path you must keep your eye on your young children/dogs. These gates lead to very busy roads/junctions and do not have the secondary safety barriers at the edge of the pavement.
Address: Suttcliffe Park, Eltham Rd, London SE9 5LW.
Playground: Fence enclosed playground suitable for all ages. Includes baby suitable swings, toddler size slide and climbing frame, as well as a larger climbing frame and slide for older children with some circuit style training activities. Bike/Scooter rack immediately next to playground entrance. There is not a disability swing. The ground area does need renewing as has deteriorated and is no longer flat.
Toilets: None – May be able to use the facilities within the Athletics Club located in the centre of the park which is run by Better.org.uk – however have not tested this.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Step free access to the park. Mostly flat 1 mile circuit suitable for Wheelchairs/Mobility Scooters. The park has two ‘RADAR’ gates: Tudway Road at the northeast corner of the park, and Eltham Road on the southern perimeter.
Parking: Free Parking on Eltham Road.
Nearest Station: Kidbrooke – 0.5 miles to Kidbrooke Park Road entrance. Approx 10 minutes.
Buses: 321 / 122 / B16 run past the park. 160 runs nearby.
Phone: 020 8921 6885.
Email: [email protected].
There is an athletics track, an outdoor gym installed as part of Greenwich’s Olympic Legacy, outdoor table tennis and a children’s playground.
Re-landscaped in 2003 by The Environment Agency as part of a local flood defence scheme.
The central area of the park – around the flood water collection area – was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2006.
Review by: Jacqueline Lampon