Sidmouth Park

Sidmouth Park, London: Address, Sidmouth Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Sidmouth Park

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3 reviews
Very good

Philip E
Hong Kong, China117 contributions
This is a great place for afternoon walking. Park your car at the top of hill in national trust car park and follow the trail map within carparks. Weather can be changeable with sea mists so be prepared. The walk is not too challenging.
Written 16 September 2018
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London, UK26 contributions
Having been raised in Leyton, I've always used Sidmouth Park. Not been for years so parental or adult presence would be advised. Great place to get the little monsters exhausted - Enjoy!!!
Written 26 May 2015
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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo844 contributions
Sidmouth Park is a small green area including a couple of children's playgrounds located in Leyton. It is just off Leyton High Road not far from Coronation Gardens and Leyton Orient. The park itself is between Sidmouth Road and Dawlish Road, two roads which are only separate because of the existence of the park. Sidmouth Park can also be accessed from St Mary's Road and Huxley Road.

Sidmouth was notorious for being an unpleasant place but that has changed with the two phases of renovation and it is now a thriving children's area. The latest renovations completed in 2014 have improved things a bit further including taking out the tunnel feature which was a bit of a no go in years past. Sidmouth Park is popular and busy in an area with large numbers of children from all sorts of cultural backgrounds.

The park is small and is of limited use or interest without children. The small amount of green space that isn't a children's play area is mainly used by dog walkers. There are a few benches dotted around for those who just want to sit. There are plenty of trees making it a well shaded location along the main path.

For children though this is a really good use of a small space. The younger children's area has largely remained intact with the latest renovation. It contains three different slides, three swings, a large seesaw, a few different pieces of balance equipment, and a couple of less used educational toys.

The construction is solid and well made throughout the young children's area. So far there are no pieces of equipment in need of repair though the spinning chair is pretty grotty following a storm. There are just about enough things to play on to keep a child occupied for nearly an hour or so without being too crowded in by others.

The larger children's play area is often more popular and includes some climbing, a zip line, more swings, and a slide. The slide is the only remaining piece from the original design, it has aged well. The zip line and zip rotor are both popular and can generate a small queue. The climbing area is ok for those who can but has caused at least one accident for someone who couldn't.

As there are not enough open spaces in this part of town, small groups of small people playing football can take up too much of the space in the larger children's play area.

The turf put in for the larger children is excellent. It is a really soft material which makes for an interesting feel to those young enough to enjoy such texture as well as being a soft landing.

Sidmouth Park can be busy at peak times in good weather. At other times it is under-utilised so those are the best times to visit. Being there early is particularly good though with the daily drizzle the surfaces are pretty much always at least damp every day.

Sidmouth Park is a little play area for little people, an encouraging outdoor space in Leyton where there are enormous numbers of children around. The renovations have discouraged the undesirable and it is now a refreshing family-friendly part of town.
Written 13 October 2014
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