Striders show the way with three routes round our parks

Colour-coded running and walking routes show the way around some of Croydon’s splendid parks

Last year, Striders of Croydon, the local running club, applied successfully for a grant from Croydon Council for a scheme which, in the council’s opinion, would improve and highlight Croydon’s parks and open spaces.

Included in this application was the plan to set out and mark three routes by the use of wayfinder posts with the following objectives:

  • Increase fitness and well-being through running or walking by providing marked routes through Croydon’s parks and open spaces
  • Increase awareness of Croydon’s parks and open spaces
  • Show the “green” face of Croydon
  • Provide permanent cross-country course for local athletics clubs

Each route would be of a different distance and marked on the posts by a different coloured directional arrow.

The three routes around Lloyd Park and the Addington Hills all marked out

The Yellow route is approximately 2½ miles around Lloyd Park

The Green route is about 5 miles over Lloyd Park and Addington Hills

And the Red route is about 8 miles, consisting of both Lloyd Park and Addington Hills then extended over Littleheath and Croham Hurst before returning to Lloyd Park via Conduit Lane.

During the latter part of last ear, the wayfinder posts were installed by a team from the Downlands Partnership over both the Lloyd Park and Addington Hill routes; the Croham Hurst section is planned to be completed by the end of this month.

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