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Valentines Park – an undiscovered gem2 min read

One of the benefits of living in London is that you can escape the big city life very easily by visiting a park. They are all over the capital. Everybody lives close to one. Many are well known such as Richmond Park, Hyde Park, St James Park etc.

However, some are not really known but yet are very beautiful. That is the case of Valentine’s Park located in Ilford (Ilford is only 8 min away from the Stratford Olympic Park where the 2012 Olympic Games took place). Valentine’s Park is a beautiful 52 hectares award-wining park (click here to see where it is located and the opening times).

There are several reasons why you should visit it as explained below….

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Close to one of the entrances located on Cranbrook road, you will see a lake. You can decide to walk around it or you could hire one of the rowing boats like some people do…..

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You could take it easy and simply admire the flora and fauna that is in the park.

You have the ‘crazy’ but adorable squirrels….

You can follow the ducks……

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You can also look at some unusual trees…..

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Don’t know about you, but this looks like an octopus to us

Or you can simply relax on the grass or the many benches spread across the park.

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Oh and we almost forgot to mention….there is also Valentine’s Mansion and Gardens. It is a beautiful mansion (built in 1696) that was recently restored and is now hosting different events, exhibitions and workshops.

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As you can see there is plenty to do or see at Valentine’s Park.

The park is big, but not too big (one hour is enough if you want to go around it quickly, but we suggest you spend more time there). You can walk, run, use the outdoor gym equipment, rest, admire the flora and fauna or row a boat.

The sunny days are finally here so there is no excuse not to visit it.

If you are nearby, take a bit of time to walk and relax in it.

If you’re not nearby, well just plan to be nearby so you can go there 🙂

We promise you won’t be disappointed!

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