Ponds & Green Spaces

Chislehurst is simply spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful green spaces and some picture-perfect ponds.

Prickend Pond (next to the Queen’s Head) gives visitors to the High street a chance to see the ducks and geese. A great place to visit with your children. But please don’t feed the rats! Read more on this here.

Rush Pond (on Ashfield Lane) is a manmade pond that dates back to the 19th century but unfortunately often dries up in the summer months. It is still a lovely spot to sit down and take in the views of the common.

The Commons – Chislehurst Common and St Paul’s Cray Common were saved from development in 1888. Today they give visitors the chance to wander through beautiful woodland and open grassland. The commons are at the heart of Chislehurst, helping give the town its relaxed atmosphere.

Within Chislehurst, the Common immediately opposite Prickend Pond is known locally as the “May Queen Common” with the Common opposite the Crown and Tigers Head pub, is known as the “Top Common”.  More information on the Commons can be found here.

Scadbury Reserve – a beautiful nature reserve and the grounds of a ruined moated manor. This lies off Perry Street and more information can be found here. Plus you can read our review of the park from this page.

Hawkwood & Petts Wood - With its rich variety of native trees, Petts Wood’s has 150 acres of ancient, semi natural woodland. As a contrast, neighbouring Hawkwood is mainly grazed pasture, with small blocks of woodland. Cows and sheep graze the open fields, and you will witness wide vistas opening to the south. This whole site is managed by the National Trust and more information can be found here.

Chislehurst Recreation Ground - Chislehurst & Walden Recreation Ground lies just off the High St and is lovingly looked after and supported by FOCRG (Friends of the Chislehurst Recreation Ground). Here you will find a wonderful recreation ground used for the likes Elmstead FC for football of all age groups, Chislehurst Tennis Club, Bootcamp UK & Beth Massey personal training. At the end of the recreation ground is a great children’s playground with a magical miniature castle and fairy tree. Sandwiched between the two Recreation grounds is Whytes Woods which houses our “bears” – created by the chainsaw carver, Will Lee. You must seek them out if you have little ones! They are well loved by the children of Chislehurst.

Belmont Open Space - Belmont Open Space can be found along Belmont Lane. Consisting of approximately 5.5 acres of open-park and woodland, it is divided by a tributary of the river Shuttle, access across of which is via two foot bridges, linked by a rough path creating a short ‘round robin’ walk.  More information can be found here.