The sun is shining once again, which makes for a wonderful visit to a local park whether that’s for a relaxing stroll, shooting down a slide, hiring a rowing boat or simply sunbathing and catching up with friends. Cricklewood is an area of London which spans the boundaries of three boroughs: Barnet to the east, Brent to the west and Camden to the south-east, so you’ll be pleased to hear that there are many parks close to our The Gladstone development for you to enjoy. Below we highlight some of our favourites … who knew London had so many green spaces to escape the hustle and bustle of city life?
1. Gladstone Park
Spread across 86 acres, Gladstone Park boasts a Green Flag Award and sits on a hill with views across London. As well as its meadows, rose terraces, walled garden, wildlife area and tree-lined avenues, there’s plenty of facilities to enjoy such as a café, sports pitches (rugby, football and cricket), tennis courts, an outdoor gym and children’s playgrounds. There’s also community activities regularly hosted within the park including wildlife walks, gardening and litter picking. Gladstone Park is a stone’s throw from The Gladstone by foot.
2. Golders Hill Park & Hampstead Heath
If you are a young family then you will all love what is on offer at Golders Hill Park. Part of Hampstead Heath, your children will enjoy the butterfly house, play area, aviary, sandpit and a small zoo – which is free. They can also feed the ducks, explore the water garden and visit the swans and deer. During the summer, children’s activities are organised, and there’s often live music on the bandstand on Sunday’s. There’s also tennis courts and a putting green, and for when you’re all feeling a bit peckish, there is an Italian restaurant to grab a drink and a bite to eat. For older children and adults, why not pop across to Hampstead Heath which sits right next door to Golders Hill Park. Here you can enjoy cycling, jogging, dog walks and a natural lido. Both locations are about a ten-minute drive from The Gladstone.
3. Exploratory Park
This is Brent Cross’s newest park and first green space as part of its regeneration programme. There’s a climbing pyramid for kids, a seasaw, swings, monkey bars and a long, snaking yellow slide running down the middle. The fun isn’t just for young children however… there’s also outdoor table tennis, workout equipment and a baseball court for adults and teenagers to have fun with too. For a spot of relaxation and picnics, there’s also a grassy area surrounded by reeds, grasses and scented plants, as well as benches and green lawns. The Exploratory Park can be reached in six minutes by car or nine by bus from The Gladstone.
4. Fryent Country Park
Fryent Country Park boasts 103 acres of rolling fields and small woods. As a green oasis hidden away in a pocket of North West London suburbia, it’s well worth a visit to enjoy meadows, woods, hedgerows and ponds, plus the chance to spot a variety of wildlife. With more than 800 species including 80 recorded birds, 21 butterflies and 500 wild flowers, it really is a fantastic place for walks, picnics, fun and games. It’s dog friendly too. The Park is approx. fifteen minutes away by car from The Gladstone.
5. Regent’s Park/ZSL London Zoo
As a special treat, why not head over to London Zoo in Regent’s Park to visit thousands of animals, birds and reptiles from around the world? Or just enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the park itself which covers an impressive 395 acres. As a Royal Park, it combines large open spaces with tree-lined pathways, formal gardens that include more than 12,000 roses and four children’s playgrounds. You can also hire a rowing boat, take a stroll up Primrose Hill or view the wetland area which is home to around 100 species of wild bird and a breeding population of hedgehogs. Regent’s Park is about twenty minutes by car, or you can jump on a bus from Cricklewood Broadway..