I’d like to tell you all about one of my favourite country parks, Langley Park, and all the stuff you’ll want to see there with the children.
In this series of blogs I will share my favourite parks and wild outdoor spaces that can be visited from the Hillingdon area.
Langley Park with Children
A nice small wooden playground with swings, playhouses, slides and tunnels. It’s located within sight of the carpark, which is very convenient though it might be hard to get the kids past it to explore the rest of the park! There is also plenty of open space in the next field for running and ball games.
There are also children’s events run by the park service at various times of year, often den building and similar takes place in the school holidays but must be booked in advance.
The formal gardens are just past the cafe and have a fantastic display of rhododendrons in flower in May and June. The twisting paths are great for exploring with little ones. You can also find a historic viewpoint with a vista over to Windsor castle.
Found about 20 minutes walk from the carpark, this enclosed area has a garden of unusual trees and beautiful daffodil displays in spring.
A pretty 30 minute walk takes you to the landscaped lake where there are usually a few ducks waiting for you.
Plenty of patches of woodland surround the park, and some are planted with more unusual trees such as the avenue of giant pine trees. There are often dens already built in the woods which can provide lots of entertainment, and plenty of logs and trees to climb.
I always find that the Cafe is very important when I visit a park with my children! Langley Park tearoom has been recently extended and now has both indoor and outdoor seating. It’s a pleasant little outdoor cafe run by San Remo catering, handily located right next to the car park and playground.
There are plenty of picnic tables in the field in front of the car park, and also in the playground itself.
Toilets and baby changing can be found via an outside entrance next to the cafe.
Langley Park Country Park
The pay and display car park is a reasonable size, it does have a height barrier at 1 meter 90 which is fine unless you drive a van. If you visit this park often you can buy a yearly parking pass covering Langley park, Black Park and Denham Park.
By public transport
The number 3 bus from uxbridge goes to within 15 minutes walk from the park. Check the bus company’s website for up to date information.