Wandsworth Parks: Perfect for a light stroll

Are you looking to go out to get some fresh air? If so, then there are plenty of Wandsworth parks that are definitely worth checking out.

These green spaces offer plenty of space for walking, as well as beautiful views over London. They also provide a great place for families to enjoy time together or for the elderly to take a casual walk.

There are currently seven parks within Wandsworth borough, offering a range of activities and amenities. Some of them even allow dogs to run off-lead. There are also several special events held throughout the year, such as the annual Summer Festival and Christmas Lights Switch On.

Wandsworth Council is utilising the chance to transform the area into a greener, superior area to inhabit. They are examining the past and future of the borough in a lot of ways. Of all the inner London boroughs, Wandsworth boasts the greatest public green space per unit of land, making it a particularly green and leafy area to live in.

There are 34 historic parks and commons in total. Eight allotments, five cemeteries, community gardens, grass verges on council-owned land, churchyards, and pre-existing burial grounds.

Wandsworth Common

In the London Borough of Wandsworth in south London, there is a public common called Wandsworth Common. Wandsworth Council is in charge of maintaining and controlling its 69.43 hectares. Additionally, it belongs to the Wandsworth Borough of London.

There are several ponds and a lake where people can go fishing (with a permit). For the advantage of the bird population, the lake is partially gated off. In other places, there are wooden boardwalks for pedestrians or unrestricted access to the water’s edge. At one point, a modest brick bridge connecting two pedestrian walkways crosses the lake’s waters. The common is roughly divided into two strips, west and east, by a railway line that runs between Clapham Junction and Wandsworth Common train stations. About halfway along the open part of the common, a footbridge spans the railroad. There is a sizeable space to the east of the railway line that is primarily utilised for competitive sports (mostly football, touch rugby, and rounders).

A facility called “The Scope” is located in a wildlife-themed area with teaching facilities (named after the Craig telescope, which was once the largest refracting telescope in the world). The grounds also include a bowling alley, tennis courts, and a cafe bar called “The Skylark.” There is now a fitness route at the Common, which is a favourite spot for local cyclists, dog walkers, and runners. The Lady Allen Adventure Playground for kids with impairments and their siblings is located on Wandsworth Common.

Large Victorian semis and detached residences are located on the Wandsworth (SW18) side of the street. Some of these homes have blue plaques honouring important persons who have lived there.

A serene pond with ducks, surrounded by lush greenery and a pathway on the right. - Home Instead

Wandsworth Park

A Grade II listed Edwardian park with sports fields and decorative shrubbery balances formality and informality. The magnificent avenue of London planes offers shelter and a view of the vast open river. Giving you the chance to observe sporting events, wildlife, and passing boats. A modern putting green is located close to the playground and there’s a wonderful café.

The Friends of Wandsworth Park is a community organisation set up in 2018 to improve and sustain the park and manage the formal garden areas.

Bird barges are on the river next to the park to prevent habitat loss from construction around Point Pleasant and the Wandsworth Riverside Quarter. Near the cafe are public toilets. The Luna Cinema also has screened movies outdoors in the park.

A person jogs along a tree-lined riverside path with fallen leaves, park benches, and buildings in the background. - Home Instead