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The complete guide to London’s parks and green spaces



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Like New York, London is a huge city full of endless things to do and see. And with that comes lots and lots (and lots) of people.

The city can sometimes feel a little overwhelming, especially for first-time visitors with its fast-paced hustle and bustle. Also, like New York, it’s wonderful to “escape” the city by chilling out in a beautiful park or green space.

New York has its famous Central Park — an enormous oasis of calm and tranquillity. London, on the other hand, doesn’t have one single “green space” — it has 3,000.

Did you know that while your London hotel room may not be large enough to swing a cat in, a whopping 40% of London is well-maintained green space for you to enjoy?



a bridge over a body of water: St James Park in London during the daytime. (Photo by watcharit praihirun/Getty Images)


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St James Park in London during the daytime. (Photo by watcharit praihirun/Getty Images)

These range from those barely larger than a standard house block, through to vast Richmond Park, made up of almost 2,500 acres.

There’s no one official “best”

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7 ways to visit America’s national parks for less



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There are few travel experiences more distinctly American than a visit to a national park. Generations of families have piled into the station wagon (and now its modern cousin, the SUV) to road trip through iconic destinations such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Great Smoky Mountains.

National parks in the United States can be some of the most rewarding destinations for travelers to visit. Whether you have a toddler or a teen, or are looking for a rewarding solo trip, national parks offer a wide variety of travel experiences — from the educational to the more adventurous. It’s no wonder the parks are often called “America’s best idea.”



a canyon with Zion National Park in the background: One of the nation’s most popular parks, Zion National Park in Utah. Image by Leslie Harvey.


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One of the nation’s most popular parks, Zion National Park in Utah. Image by Leslie Harvey.

This country’s national parks can also be fairly inexpensive destinations. Of course, their growing popularity has raised prices, along with increasing crowds, especially during peak season. In fact, national and state parks have never been in higher demand than now, with travelers everywhere escaping to the great outdoors and wide-open spaces.

Fortunately, there are many ways to make a national park vacation more budget-friendly. Don’t worry, I’m not going to say you need to sleep in a tent to save money — although camping can

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Eight of the UK’s best wildlife reserves: readers’ travel tips | Parks and green spaces

Winning tip: Soup of biodiversity, Gwent

Occupying the last remaining piece of fenland on the Gwent Levels is Magor Marsh nature reserve. This is low-lying land, bordering the urban spread of Chepstow and Newport, and is a special place for wildlife, with big skies overhead and miles of waterways that are not only a soup of biodiversity but protect the area from Severn estuary floods. At Magor Marsh you can walk along boardwalks near where monks once worked to reclaim the land from the sea, through reed beds with Cetti’s warblers singing wildly, water voles dashing off, the sound of distant cuckoos floating on the air and plenty of waterfowl. If you are really lucky you may catch the splash of an otter or, by peering into the ancient reeds, spot a magnificent diving beetle glistening in the water.
Free to enter, no dogs permitted, gwentwildlife.org
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Croydon butterflies

A newly emerged Glanville Fritillary butterfly at Hutchinson’s Bank, Surrey.
A newly emerged Glanville fritillary butterfly at Hutchinson’s Bank, Surrey. Photograph: Stephan Morris Photography/Alamy

Croydon may be the last place you’d expect to find a wildlife paradise but if you head south-east of the town into the North Downs and Hutchinson’s Bank, you won’t be disappointed. Off Featherbed Lane in New Addington, the reserve is home to 40 of the UK’s 59 butterfly species, several varieties of orchid and a host of other invertebrates and wildflowers. It is a true green-space gem. Paths (some quite steep) crisscross the dry valley over the chalk grassland meadows and along woodland

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