Latest update: 20th August 2019
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South Norwood Lake and Grounds is a 28 acre park with a large boating and
fishing lake with a small island, formal gardens, woodland
walks, cricket pitch, playground, and refreshments. There are a lot of water fowl on the lake, including swans, although feeding is not
easy due to plant borders separating the lake from the path.
Best parking for the lake is in Woodvale Avenue, off Auckland Road in South
Norwood. There is parking for boats, but not cars in the
park. The park is closed at night. Note that South Norwood Country Park is a different park, a couple of miles away.
The lake was built around 1800 as a reservoir for a West Croydon to Deptford
canal, however the canal was not successful and the
canal bed is now the West Croydon to London Bridge railway line. Fishing is allowed by buying a license. This is well run park, with
various manned amenities (unlike most other parks).
Older Photos of South Norwood Lake 2012
24th February 2019, not visited this lake for several years, but nothing has changed in that time..
Large lake, but more sailing dinghies than water fowl.
Sailing dinghies at the jetty.
There are Mallard ducks, Coots and Moorhen around the edges of the lake.
Think this is a Coot, but lighter colour than normal.
Moorhen looking for food.
One of the many fishing jetties.
Mallard hiding in some the few plants in the lake.
Train heading to Crystal Palace.
Few Coots on the lake.
Coot has managed to build a nest.
More growth this side of the lake, Mallards here.
Cricket pitch and cafe.
There is one small island, but does not have much protection for nests.
The Egyptian geese are at this lake as well.
Some Canada geese as well.
Another Coot nest.
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