Lloyd Park is often voted the most popular park in Croydon and it is a Gold Award winner in the large park category in the London in Bloom competition . Its big wide open space lends itself to many sporting activities. There are numerous football pitches, an extensive outdoor gym area , tennis courts, pavilion, and a bowling green. Many fun runs and more serious races are organised in the park throughout the year .
It’s also a centre for Nordic walking and many council run health walks take place in the park. If that was not enough it is also home to UK centre for Disc Golf. Both a beginners 9 hole course and an 18 hole course have been provided in conjunction with the council. You can hire special discs from the park café £2.00 with £8.00 deposit and you can play at any time for free.
There is a large children’s playground , including a large slide down into a cavernous hollow , a zip wire and a climbing frame.
In the summer impromptu cricket and rounder’s games take place. With its paved area from the café and toilets across to the playground the park is suitable for mothers with pushchairs, wheelchairs, and is enjoyed by both young and old alike.
Park Hill located in the centre of Croydon is only a five-minute walk from the East Croydon tram stop . Although many network rail trains pass by the park every hour they are in deep cutting and do not disturb the remarkable tranquillity of the park given its central location.
It has good sporting facilities at the top end of the park:
- Netball and basketball court
- Tennis courts
Next to this is the children’s playground , a kiosk selling ice creams and nearby toilet’s.
But this park bearing in mind its close proximity to the town centre does not disappoint the office worker or shopper looking for some peace and tranquillity. At the entrance nearest the town are plentiful supplies of benches flanked by ornamental beds of roses that produce colourful blooms.
From the east Croydon entrance walk towards the far end of the park and you can see the water tower in the distance. It held thousands of gallons of water that had been pumped from the old town area of Croydon. To reach the base of the tower you have to walk up an incline that is steeper than you may first imagine, but if you hit the accelerator pedal on your favourite footwear you will reach the summit in a few minutes.
Unfortunately the tower is not open to the public but you get a good sense of how the drinking water to Croydon was supplied in times past.
Addington Hills is located right next to the Coombe Lane tram stop , so is very easy to find. The on hills are a conservation area and have an extensive section of heathland that is in decline and quite rare over the South of England.
The Hills is a large natural area that rises from Oaks Road near to Coombe Wood Gardens up to a plateau which is 460 feet above sea level. At the peak is a viewing platform that has extensive views across London .
In the foreground you can see across Croydon but to the right and further afield you can see a large part of South London with the Cities Canary Wharf , the Dome and the Shard in view. Indeed on a clear day you can see as far as the Telecom Tower in the North and the famous arch of Wembley stadium in the west. It is well worth a look and may even raise a chuckle as you hear partners discussing whether it is the Dome or the London Eye they can see. Having read this site you know the answer !
A trim trail can be accessed at various points and the area is very popular with dog walkers. Hikers enjoy exploring the hills as it is part of the London loop walking route that also passes through Heathfield .The area is frequented by horse riders as the paths through Addington hills are permissive to allow horses.