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Peckham Rye Park and Common

Pekham Rye Pond

Strakers Road, SE15

Peckham Rye Park and Common comprises both a newly restored Victorian Park and historic common and provides a pleasant refuge for both the local community and wildlife. Featuring ornamental gardens, flowing streams, woodland and a lake, the park is an ideal location to relax and partake in a gentle stroll. The park has been awarded Green Flag status since 2007.

View the trail map of Peckham Rye Park.

General facilities

  • Cafe: Opened in 2007, Cafe on the Rye has stunning views over the common and a range of delicious homemade food for you to enjoy. During the winter months the CafĂ© is open from 9am to dusk everyday. Tel: 020 8693 9431
  • Toilets: Toilets and baby changing facilities are available in the Cafe or toilet block in the park near Strakers Road 
  • The Friends of Peckham Rye Park community garden: opened in 2012 and funded by Southwark Council's Cleaner Greener Safer programme, the Friends of Peckham Rye Park and the National Lottery Community Spaces Programme. The garden is maintained by the Friends of Peckham Rye Park during their monthly maintenance days, and is an area of tranquility with sensory summer planting, a winter garden, bug towers, a beehive, a pond, raised beds for community fruit and vegetable growing and a shaded meadow area with a loggery and seating. Thanks to the work of a few this is a beautiful area to be enjoyed by all who are looking for an oasis of peace amidst the bustle of life in the city. The entry gates were specially commissioned and designed by Heather Burrell. If you would like further information about the Friends of Peckham Rye Park, please visit the website or contact them via email.
  • Dog free area: The arboretum is a dog free zone.
  • Adventure play area: Run by the children's services department, the play area is open Saturdays 11am to 5pm. Contact Terry Jones on 07770 728 203
  • Picnic: There is a picnic area within the Arboretum
  • Gardens: Sexby Gardens is a formal garden complete with rose pergolas. The Japanese Garden opened in 1908 and in 2005 the Japanese shelter was restored
  • Nature Garden: The School Nature Garden offers young people the opportunity to access a variety of habitats in a local and safe space. The site includes a small stream with pond dipping platform, stag beetle loggeries and a circle of log seating for class discussion

Sports facilities

  • Football: Pitches can be booked - see the bookings page for more information
  • Skate park: The skate area has been upgraded by the installation of a metal mini ramp which is 1.5 m high, 6m long and 9m in length. This is as a result of the Cleaner, Greener, Safer bid by the dedicated skate user group who already meet and use the site
  • Outdoor gym: Thanks to the Cleaner, Greener, Safer bid by the young friends of Peckham Rye Park. This new state of the art equipment works on the users own weight to create resistance and is therefore useable by young people, adults and older people alike. Located just off the lake by the skate park and children's playground
  • Bowling green: Lawn bowls at Peckham Rye Park from May to September inclusive. Every Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holidays. 12.00 to 5.30pm. Pay as you play, no previous experience required and all equipment supplied. No booking required. Flat shoes required. No prams, pushchairs, bikes or dogs on the bowling green please. Outdoor games are also available, including connect 4, roll a ball and garden chess. The cafe serves tea, coffee, homemade scones, cakes, cold drinks, ice cream and selected snacks. There is also a paperback swapshop. For further information please call Cafe on the Rye 0208 693 9431

Location and transport

Park entrances: Peckham Rye, Homestall Road, Colyton Road, Strakers Road
Parking: There is a small car park on Strakers Road with designated bike racks
Rail: Peckham Rye
Buses: P12, 78, 37, 484 Nunhead Lane; 343, 484, Peckham Rye or Strakers Road; 12, 197, 63, 363 Peckham Rye or Forest Hill Road; 112, 176, 185, 40, 312, P4, P13 Lordship Lane

Map of Peckham Rye Park.

History of the park

The Peckham Rye Park has a long and engaging history. It was recorded as being cultivated before the Norman Conquest in the 11th Century.

The park's structure has been defined by three successive phases:
  • Phase 1 -pre 1894 to 1906, the railed enclosure included the open stream, the man made lake, woodland walk, and open sports fields
  • Phase 2 - 1906 to 1915, annexing the woodland, the avenue, bowling green, Old English Garden or Sexby Garden, American Garden, Japanese Garden, arboretum
  • Phase 3 - 1915 to 1965, following the 1920's clearance of buildings in the north west of the garden, including Charlton House. With improvements, a new main entrance and oval bedding area, a rockery and a water garden were established. The paving and pergola structures in the Sexby Garden were upgraded, and the bowling pavilion was replaced and relocated on a new stone paved terrace

Friends of Peckham Rye Park and Common

The group was formed by residents to represent the views of the local community and help make a positive difference in the park. This includes campaigning and fundraising for improvements and organising community events. The group meet regularly to discuss issues that arise and keep members informed through a quarterly news letter.

Please check the park notice boards for meeting dates. You can also email the group at foprp@aol.com or contact the park manager on 020 8299 0861. For more information visit the Friends of Peckham Rye Park website.

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