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Farthing Downs, London

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#108 of 182 in Parks in London
Farthing Downs is an open space in Coulsdon in the London Borough of Croydon. Together with Eight Acres Common and New Hill to the south-east, it is owned and managed by the Corporation of London. Farthing Downs and Eight Acres Common are part of the Farthing Downs and Happy Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest. Happy Valley Park is a green space to the south owned by Croydon Council. Farthing Downs is also a scheduled ancient monument.


Farthing Downs is a long strip of grassland with pockets of ancient woodland, which narrows to a point at the northern end. It is the most extensive area of semi-natural downland left in Greater London. Its chalk and natural grasslands have a large variety of rare herbs, including some which are nationally scarce, such as the wildflower greater yellow-rattle. This is specially protected by legislation and Farthing Downs and Happy Valley have the major part of the British population.
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  • My youth was like a chapter out of an Enid Blyton book. Long trips to Dartmoor and walking, horse riding on the moors. Gazing at the stars at night such golden memories had I only know this place...  more »
  • A good place for walking, especially in conjunction with the adjacent Happy Valley - both are included in section 5 of the London Loop and in the Downlands Circular walk, amongst others. There are...  more »
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  • A great space within an hour from central London! Hike, cycle, ride, ramble. If like the outdoors then you will enjoy this wonderful piece of the countryside
  • Fantastic place to walk, great mixture of woods, fields and places to walk a dog. The car park can get pretty busy but there is an overflow. Overall very happy to recommend.

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