Foots Cray Meadows
Foots Cray Meadows is situated in the less densely populated, south-east corner of the London Borough of Bexley.
It is not only the largest open space in the borough, but also the least formal, which lends itself to the variety of wildlife habitats present. Totalling 97 hectares, it consists of a rolling landscape, ancient woodland, the River Cray and its adjacent woodlands and wildflower margins.
It has been an important recreational facility within Bexley since just after the Second World War, providing a Park and Open Space with a historical pedigree. The Five Arches Bridge and stable block are, however, all that remain of the eighteenth century Foots Cray Place estate buildings.
Large areas of Foots Cray Meadows are now managed as wildflower meadows, but this has still left large swathes of amenity grassland for recreational pursuits. Visitors are attracted to the site for a number of reasons but the majority enjoy natural beauty and serenity in an informal and passive manner.
Foots Cray Meadows provide a wealth of diverse habitats for flora and fauna. This has been recognised by the management who balance the need for recreational facility with developing the site's important conservation and education potential. Foots Cray Meadows is an important site for wildflower and wildlife habitats, attracting many nature lovers and bird watchers and an increasing number of visitors who enjoy its unique character and diverse appeal.
The Friends of Foots Cray Meadows
The Friends of Foots Cray Meadows is a community group made up of local people who have a passion for the meadows.
Working in partnership with the Council, the group aims to conserve and promote the site to the wider community, and to increase people's appreciation of the site and what is has to offer. The group organises walks and talks throughout the year and aims to have a full calendar of activities for the public to get involved in. If you would like to find out more please have look at the group's website (see right hand menu).
- Permitted horse rides
- Children's playground (dog free zone)
Recreational walks - walking is almost perfect exercise; requiring no equipment or expense, it is the best way for people from all walks of life to become more active. Please see our related information on recreational walks from the right hand menu.
Location and travel information
Foots Cray Meadows is accessible from the A223, North Cray Road or from Rectory Lane which runs from Bexley Lane, Sidcup, through to Foots Cray High Street. Details of bus services can be found at the Transport for London website provided in the right hand menu. The nearest train station is Albany Park.
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