I have lived in Highams Park for the last ten years and known this area for the last 40 so write with a bias which comes from growing up in this neck of the woods. The entrance to the park is in Woodford Green but the park itself is in London E4. If you find yourself searching for a peaceful meander there can be not better place than to take a stroll over Highams Park. There are few facilities (a small childrens play area) just the remains of the grounds of an old manor house including the lake which is and excellent place to take the kids to feed the ducks and climb the trees. The house has long gone but the forest at Highams Park contains a boating lake formed by Humphry Repton after damming the River Ching. During WWII the grounds were converted to prefab housing and still upon close examination the remains of paths and roads can be seen. The park and lake sit on the endge of some woods which are a pleasure to stroll through. Situated around the lake are some stones said to have been salvaged from the stones left over from the dismantaling of the original London Bridge. Anybody looking to find a peaceful part of our great capital city should pack up some bread for the swans, geese and ducks and head to Highams Park.
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