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A Quick Stroll Around Cheltenham’s Best Parks

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Cheltenham is well known for its parks, promenades and open spaces so if you’re just moving to the town, you might be looking for your new favourite place to be. We can help you out here by letting you in on our favourite Cheltenham parks.

Sandford Park – great for younger children, cyclists and picnics

Designed by landscape architect Milner White in the 1920s, Sandford Park is something of a hidden treasure. It’s at the end of the High Street and has the River Chelt running through it, as well as lots of water features, fountains and ornamental flower beds.

Sandford Park is ideal for younger children on bikes and also for anyone wanting a quiet lunch or picnic on a sunny day. As well as a safe place to cycle, Sandford Park also offers children a play area and a nearby lido, as well as the chance to see ducklings and even a kingfisher if you’re lucky.

Pittville Park – ideal for families, runners and sports fans

Cheltenham’s best-known park, Pittville Park is also the town’s largest ornamental gardens. It also features the Pittville Pump Room and lakes and is a popular venue for families, as well as everyone else.

The park, which opened in 1825, is divided by Evesham Road and the eastern side has a large children’s play area, including sand and water, as well as aviaries. This side of Pittville Park has two popular cafes so you can stay refreshed.

The western side of Pittville Park includes the boating lake, tennis courts, a golf course and a BMX park. There are cafes here too and you can also join in a weekly park run, an orienteering course or a nature trail, so there’s something for everyone.

Cox’s Meadow – ideal for nature lovers and dog walkers

Just across the road from Sandford Park, Cox’s Meadow features wetland and wildland, creating a habitat which supports a wide variety of flora and fauna. There’s a footpath and a cycle path around the meadow, which makes it popular with dog walkers and families.

When you’ve had your fill of fauna, you can grab a coffee and a snack at the park’s cafe and settle in to watch the natural world go by through its large windows.

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