An area of grassland on the western bank of the River Lea and is great for a long dog walk-sometimes muddy and other times glorious sunshine! It is one of the largest areas of common land in Greater London with 136.01 hectares (336.1 acres) of protected commons. The main area of the marsh lies below Lea Bridge Road between the Old River Lea and the Hackney Cut . The southern extent is marked by the A12 and it now forms a part of the Olympic Park
Living in the heart of Hackney means you are always close to a green space for a walk with your dog. Friends can’t believe that it is so urban one minute and so green the next. Depending on how you get there you can park in the Lea Valley Ice Centre car park on Lea Bridge Road or approach from Spring Hill, off Upper Clapton Road, E5. You will see the rowers from the Lea Valley Rowing Club at Springfield Marina where you stop for a coffee in the cafe.
Right next to the rowing club is…
It was formed in 1905 from the grounds of three private houses, one of which still survives and serves as a delightfulcafe. The grade II-listed White Lodge (or ‘Springfield House’), now known as Spark Cafe, housed in an early to mid 19th century manor house and standing in the south-west corner of the park, is a convenient spot to rest and revive after brisk walk with the dog around the park or its pond. With its elevated position this part of the park offers fine views across the River Lea and Walthamstow Marshes
Abney Park Cemetery
Much less known than the similar Highgate Cemetery, Abney Park is a gloriously overgrown Victorian cemetery with a seductive, other-worldly edge that makes for a lovely dog walk. Entered via either of Stoke Newington’s two main thoroughfares, Church Street or the High Street, it stretches back a considerable distance from both. It’s now run as a nature reserve, and is said to be the largest wooded area this close to central London. Make sure you see the Abney Park Chapel which is the centrepiece of the cemetery.