Here’s the thing – you’re in Enfield and reaping all the benefits of being just 20 minutes away from the centre of the greatest city on earth, but at the same time you’re in the greenest borough in London and enjoying unrivalled leisure and cultural attractions.
There are hundreds of great days out to choose from in and around Enfield with attractions including campsites, cycling and walking routes, farms, wide-open spaces, brilliant leisure centres and sporting facilities, canal trips and golf courses.
In fact, there’s absolutely no excuse to claim you’re bored so why not harness your inner get up and go – and go and do something.
If it’s beautiful open spaces you want Enfield has a great range of parks across the borough and is also home to the fantastic Go Ape Tree Top Adventure at Trent Park.
Another jewel in the crown of Enfield is the 26-mile-long 10,000 acre Lee Valley regional park, packed with award-winning open spaces, London 2012 Olympic venues, farms, walks and much more besides.
The £42 million Cycle Enfield scheme is on course to revolutionise transportation in the borough and
get more people on their bikes and out of cars and will build on the existing network of walks and cycleways criss-crossing the borough.
Fitness buffs need not be disappointed, many of Enfield’s parks have keep fit sessions laid on at weekends and free outdoor gyms installed so that anyone can get into shape. There are hundreds of tennis, football and other sports pitches dotted around the borough, as well as uniquely one of the United Kingdom’s only outdoor speed skating tracks in Tatem Park.
Supporting efforts in parks are the borough leisure centres – run by Fusion Lifestyle, a number of which have been the subject of recent multimillion pound refurbishments and are more popular than ever before.
Lee Valley Regional Park
The award-winning Lee Valley Regional Park stretches an incredible 26 miles along the leafy banks of the River Lee, from Ware in Hertfordshire, through Essex, to the Thames at East India Dock Basin.
With regional sports centres, urban green spaces, heritage sites, country parks, farms and nature reserves providing a unique leisure experience for everyone. There’s white water rafting, athletics, golf, horse riding, ice skating, fishing, cycling, bird watching and camping on offer while visitors can also simply explore the countryside and find out more about this hidden gem for themselves.
Go Ape at Trent Park
If you’ve ever felt the urge to get in touch with your inner Tarzan, and let’s be honest, who hasn’t, Go Ape is just the ticket.
Nestling amongst the tree tops at Trent Park, Go Ape gives you the opportunity to explore the tree tops on zip wires, swings and various precarious crossings – and it’s all great fun.
With sessions lasting two to three hours, and specially tailored routes for intrepid youngsters, who’d probably put their parents to shame anyway, you’ve got a recipe for brilliant fun up a tree, and what’s not to like about that?
Lee Valley Walk
Curious types with huge stamina and a love of walking can always give the 50-mile long Lee Valley Walk a go, or if they don’t fancy walking the whole length there’s a particularly pleasant stretch which winds its way through Enfield.
The walk itself is a long distance path from the source of the River Lee near Luton to the River Thames, while the 13-mile Enfield stretch starts at Broxbourne and terminates at Walthamstow Marshes, taking in attractions such as Turnford and Cheshunt Pits, the Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre, the Royal Gunpowder Mills and the former Enfield Royal Small Arms Factory.
As one of the greenest boroughs in London, Enfield has a number of parks and open spaces waiting for you to come and explore.
They cater for all tastes with typical facilities including countryside walks, sports pitches, children’s playgrounds, café and picnic facilities, pitch and putt courses and putting greens, green gyms and even an animal hospital! So why not visit your local park and discover what it has to offer. One of our parks even has a baseball pitch!
If you like golf, you’re in luck, Enfield boasts a lot of golf courses ranging from pitch and putt in Oakwood and Grovelands Park for beginners to courses designed to test even the most fanatical golf nut.
Enfield Council owns its very own golf course at Whitewebbs Park Golf Course in Beggars Hollow which is set within Whitewebbs Park and offers a low-cost golfing experience.