Explore Beddington Park
Beddington Park has long been a favourite green space of ours.
Although it's just across the borough boundary in Sutton, that's never stopped our family exploring this wonderful park, engaging in a bit of Nordic Walking and making use of it's playground, outdoor gym, cafe and other facilities.
Having grown up beside the Purley Way, Beddington was only a 10 minute walk away along what seemed like a secret passage that followed the River Wandle from Waddon Ponds right up to the park entrance.
Beddington Park is a welcome open space. It was once the picturesque estate of the Carew Family and covers 58 hectares across Beddington, Hackbridge and Wallington. It originated as a deer park in the 14th century. The Carew family manor house still stands just outside the park today as the Carew Academy school and the River Wandle runs through the space culminating in the lake in the The Grange Garden.
COVID has put paid to many of the organised outdoor events such as fitness activities, bat walks, cycling, widlflower spotting and bootcamp exercise classes. Nevertheless, you can still enjoy the park on a personal basis and walk through the scenic grounds alongside the river and enjoy the gardens and lake.
Just before Christmas, a set of information boards were installed by the Friends of Beddington Park that share information about the park, it's history and background on some of the lesser known aspects and features.
Take a look at some suggested activities at https://www.goparks.london/park/beddington-park-and-the-grange/ and subscribe to the regular newsletter from Sutton Council at https://www.sutton.gov.uk/ to stay up-to-date.
More information about Beddington Park can be found at https://wandlevalleypark.co.uk/locations/sutton/beddington-park/
Posted by Tim on Monday 4 January 2021
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