Fairlop Waters Country Park
This large park in Ilford includes sailing and angling lakes, an 18-hole golf course, a boulder park, an outdoor activity centre and a number of newly developed footpaths.
It's also good for wildlife spotting with several species of water loving bird visiting the lakes.
The park is located close to Fairlop tube station which is in Zone 4 on the Central line of the London Underground.
Just over a mile to the north east you can continue your walking around Hainault Forest Country Park. There's over 300 acres to explore by bike or on foot in this popular park. The epic London Loop can also be picked up here.
PostcodeIG6 3HN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Fairlop Waters Country Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Fairlop Waters Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Fairlop Waters Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
There's an on site cafe and restaurant in a lovely spot right next to the water.
The lakeside trails make for a pleasant walk with your dog. It's a popular location so you'll probably make friends with other owners on the way.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
One nice idea is to head a little to the north and pick up the London Loop and follow it to Havering Country Park.
Just to the south there's Valentines Park. The parkland and gardens here surround the 17th century Valentines Mansion.
The circular walk from Loughton explores the area to the north of the park from the nearby town's London Underground station. It's an attractive place worthy of exploration with dozens of historic listed buildings and three conservation areas. The route also visits the Roding Valley Meadows nature reserve on the River Roding, the aforementioned Hainault Forest Country Park and part of Epping Forest.
For more walking ideas in the area see the London Walks page.