South London (fully enclosed) dog parks: the ultimate guide

After the reviews of North London dog exercise areas, I thought to share with you our reviews of 12 enclosed dog parks located in South London. Argo and I, as usual, have visited each dog area in order to verify all information, take photos and measures and dog test them!

This blog post will be updated adding a few more dog areas later on.

South London dog parks

  1. Myatt’s Fields Park (SE5)   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  2. Slade Gardens (SW9)   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  3. Newington Gardens (SE1)   ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  4. Lambeth Walk Open Space (SE11)   ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  5. Pasley Park (SE17)   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  6. Perlier Park (SE17)   ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
  7. Vauxhall Park (SW8)   ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  8. St Giles Churchyard (SE5)   ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  9. Eckington Gardens (SE14)   ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  10. Manor House Gardens (SE13) ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  11. Bellingham Green (SE6)   ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  12. Edenvale Open Space (CR4)   ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

In addition, there are a few more dog parks that I will review in the next few weeks and add to this blog post.

One more note. I also checked out Dulwich Park’s designated ‘dog run’, however this is not fenced off and consists in a path running around the perimeter of the park, close to the bike path, which does not make much sense to me.


Myatt’s Fields Park

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Myatt’s Fields Park, Cormont Road, Camberwell, SE5 9LS, London

Myatt’s Fields Park hosts a large dog exercise area, next to the tennis courts. According to the information the Council provided me with about its size, the dog park measures approximately 2,500 square meters (approx. 26,910 square feet). This is one of my favourites (and Argo’s) among the dog parks we have visited so far: large, well maintained, safe and cozy!

I will tell you more about it. The dog area has two gates, which locks work properly, and is enclosed by a metal fence (which has a metal frame and a net) 128 cm high (approx. 50.39 inches) on the border with the park. The net makes it safe for small dogs and I didn’t notice any gaps under the fence (the gap under the gate measures 6 cm circa, approx. 2.36 inches).

The edge with Cormont Road is enclosed by a metal bar fence with a low brick wall at the bottom. The dog area also borders with the tennis court, which has a high metal fence. Of course if you have a nervous dog who does not cope well with tennis balls being thrown around in the court, it is probably a good idea to take this into account before entering the dog area, but apart from this it looks like a quiet area so you shouldn’t have any issue.

There are two benches and one dog waste bin in the dog area, which, at the time of our visit, appeared well maintained and clear from dog mess/rubbish.

Argo had a great time running around and the tennis players also gave him a ball! They probably noticed that, despite me having brought his balls, he was much more interested in their tennis ones… clearly grass is always greener on the other side of the fence in his opinion!


Slade Gardens

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Slade Gardens, Stockwell Park Road, Stockwell, SW9, London

Slade Gardens are located in Stockwell and accessible from Stockwell Park Road, Brixton Road, Lorn Road and Robsart Street and the closest tube station is Stockwell (about 12 minutes walk) not too far from Myatt’s Fields Park dog exercise area either (less than 15 minutes walk). Slade Garden’s dog park is another of our favourites and it is perfect for long runs and fetch ball.

The dog exercise area, according to the information provided by the Council, measures 70 meters by 20 meters (approx. 229.5 by 65.6 feet), i.e. it is 1,400 square meters large (approx. 15,069 square feet).

The fence with the rest of the park is made of metal bars and is 120 cm high (approx. 47.2 inches), plus has a stock fence (that covers about 2/3 of its height), which makes it safe for small dogs. The gap under the left gate measures 10 cm (3.93 inches). The boundary with the residential area is enclosed by a high brick wall and wooden fence.

There are three gates, which locks work all fine and the area is provided with three wooden benches and two dog waste bins.

The dog park is clean and well maintained. However, there are two small parts which are under maintainance works and are fenced off, and the part near the gate that is nearer to the entrance on Brixton Road has some not so well maintained shrubs (see photos below). Anyway, in my opinion, the area is so large and in general so well maintained, that these do not constitute a big issue!


Newington Gardens

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Newington Gardens, Harper Road/Swan Street, Newington, SE1 6QE, London

Newington Gardens host a dog area just on the other side of the road from the main gardens, with entrance on Swan Street.

The dog area is enclosed by a metal bars fence 140 cm high (approx. 55.12 inches), with space between bars of 10.5 cm (approx. 4.13 inches). Under the double gate on Swan Street there is a gap of approx. 15 cm (approx. 5.9 inches), which in my opinion is quite wide.

The dog park is provided with three benches and a waste bin and has two entrances, although the one on Harper Street was locked when we visited the area. There is a concrete path, a lawn, some trees and a few bushes. At the time of our visit the area appeared fairly clean and well maintained.


Lambeth Walk Open Space

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

 Lambeth Walk Open Space, Fitzalan Street, Lambeth, SE11, London

Lambeth Walk Open Space is located in Lambeth and hosts a circular dog exercise area. The Council confirmed that the dog area measures 15 meters (49.21 feet) by 15 meters, and the wooden fence measures from 1.5 to 2m in height.

The dog area has three benches and five gates, four of which were locked, when we visited it. There is a lawn and no trees nor shrubs.

The wooden fence enclosing the dog park has a minimum height of 105 cm (approx. 41.33 inches) and spaces between the wooden fence posts measure 9.5 cm (approx. 3.74 inches). There are some barriers for small dogs, but we found a hole dug under the fence. At the time of our visit we found many empty alcoholic drinks cans left on the ground in the dog area and a few other pieces of rubbish.


Vauxhall Park

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

Vauxhall Park, South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, , London

Vauxhall Park hosts a double dog exercise area side by side. According to the information provided by the Council, the larger dog area measures 25 meters (82 feet) by 15 meters (49.21 feet), while the smaller one is 15 meters by 10 meters.

Overall we weren’t much impressed by the dog areas: although having a decent size and being relatively safe with regards to fences and gates, we found them quite dirty, with unpicked dog mess scattered around and other rubbish. They also looked quite dark being placed under some big trees.

The larger area is enclosed by a metal fence with a stock fence, approx. 110 cm high (approx. 43.3 inches), while there is a high stock fence on the boundary with the road. The area is provided with a bench and a dog waste bin. The area has two gates, but the one on the other dog area was locked.

The smaller dog area has the same type of fence but does not have the additional stock fence.


Eckington Gardens

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Casella Road, New Cross Gate, SE14 5QN, London

Eckington Gardens host a U-shaped dog exercise area, which has 3 gates, all closing well.

The area is enclosed by a red metal fence with the rest of the Gardens and a high brick wall with the residential area behind. The metal fence is 104 cm high (approx. 40.94 inches) and is a very secure type of fence for small dogs since bars are 5 cm distant between each other (1.97 inches) with no gaps under the fence. The area is provided with 3 waste bins and it is mainly well maintained, apart from a few undisposed dog mess near one of the gates.

Under the middle gate there is a gap of about 15 cm (5.9 inches), and of 13 cm (5.11 inches) under the gate near the entrance of the Gardens.


Perlier Park

★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Perlier Park, Perlier Street, SE11, London

Probably the smallest dog exercise area we have ever visited so far, and we didn’t like it very much. We found it badly maintained and dirty, with unpicked dog mess and rubbish (even though you can’t really see it in the pics), and there is not enough space to have a decent run and play around.

The area has one gate and the fence is made of green metal railings 120 cm high (approx. 47.24 inches), with space between bars of approx. 10 cm (3.93 inches).


Manor House Gardens

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Manor House Gardens, Taunton Road, Lee, SE13 5SU, London

Manor House Gardens host a large dog exercise area in the South part of the Gardens. It it very curious that Lewisham’s Council mentiones the dog area on its website, but when I got in touch with them asking if they had any record of the exact size of the area, they said that there are no dog areas at all in their Borough…

The dog exercise area, which has a very good size, has 3 gates on different sides. It borders with the gardens, a tennis court, a residential area and Quaggy river.

The edges with the gardens and the river are enclosed by a rail fence approximately 120 cm high (47.24 inches), provided with stock fence about 50 cm high (19.68 inches), while there is a high brick wall on the boudary with the residential area and a high fence divides it from the tennis court. We visited Manor House Gardens in winter and the dog area was a bit muddy, but I am sure that in spring and summer they must be even more beautiful and have some more grass.

When Argo and I visited the area there was a jogger who was running laps around the park and entered the dog area leaving the gates wide open several times (despite after the second time we kindly ask him to close it behind him). We really loved the dog area, however it is to consider that you can’t really keep all the three gates under control at all times and we found a few people passing through, to get to the other side of the gardens… therefore you need to be a bit careful (and this is why I would rate it four stars rather than five that I would have otherwise scored).

There is also a driking fountain near the cafe of Manor House Gardens, so all you need is a bowl (I usually carry a collapsible one) without the need to carry your own bottle of water!

Bellingham Green

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

Bellingham Green, Lower Sydenham, SE6 3HD, London

The nearest train station is Bellingham. Bellingham Green dog area is small/medium sized. There are two gates and two dog waste bins. The fence with the rest of the Green is made of metal bars and is 97 cm/1 meter high (38.18/39.37 inches) with space between bars of 8 cm (3.14 inches), while the fence with the street measures 170 cm (66.92 inches) and the gap between bars measures 12 cm (4.72 inches).

At the time of our visit, the dog area was full of undisposed dog mess and some rubbish such as beer cans here and there.


Edenvale Open Space

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Edenvale Road, Mitcham, CR4 2DP, London

 

Review coming soon!


Pasley Park

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Read the review in this blog post.

St Giles Churchyard

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Read the review in this blog post.

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2 thoughts on “South London (fully enclosed) dog parks: the ultimate guide”

  1. Hello
    Which green areas/ parks in the Camden/WC1/Kings X areas am I allowed to walk my dog?(on or off lead) (excl the dog parks, exercise areas etc already mentioned here).

    Many thanks

    Sue

    1. Hello Sue,

      many thanks for getting in touch!

      Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill are very beautiful places where to go and have a walk with your dog, if they are included in your area of interest.
      In WC1 here are also Russel Square Gardens (there may be a dogs on lead restriction there if I remember correctly) and Bloomsbury Square Gardens. On the contrary I know that dogs are unfortunately excluded from Coram’s Fields and Bedford Square Gardens.
      I don’t know about rules in other parks and open spaces, but I can have a look at this later.
      About dog access restructions in parks in the Borough of Camden in general, I know that last year the Council ran a consultation on dog access to public spaces, irresponsible dog ownership etc. in view of introducing a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), but I am unaware of any follow up to this. Previous Dog Control Orders excluded dogs from accessing areas including the North part of Camden Square Gardens (but the south part is a dog exercise area), Chalcot Square Gardens, Primrose Gardens (South part), Fortune Green picnic area, as well as children’s play areas, fenced sports areas, multi use games sreas on housing estates, nature conservation areas, and flower beds and planted beds.
      I hope this is of help! Let me know if I can provide you with any other information.

      Best,
      Cristina

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