This Hyde Park has a lovely cafe which is run by Tameside Learning Disability Service in order to give adults with learning difficulties work experience in the catering industry. What a brilliant idea. The cafe is
pictured left, and was surprisingly busy on the Tuesday afternoon when we visited. In fact, the whole park was busy. Probably because it’s a lovely place, well maintained and with a real community feel, from the inclusive nature of the cafe, to the many posters detailing events in the park, and the particularly popular bowling match that was underway on the pristine green.
CJ and I followed the “woodland walk” around the back of the cafe (where there is a new toilet block) past allotments and tennis courts and down some steep steps into a small clough known as the woodland dell.
The path brings you back round to Hyde Park’s beautiful bandstand. If you have beady eyes, you’ll see a small person doing a dance in that bandstand.
Unsurprisingly we spent a fair old while on the playground at Hyde Park. There’s a large area for younger children, fenced off with multi-coloured railings and featuring a wooden boat and lorry, sandpits and lots of small springy things, including a very pretty butterfly which I had to prise CJ out of. In fact, I saw at least one toddler being carried, wailing, away from the playground. Surely a sign of a fun and well designed play area.
Outside the railings there is plenty more fun to be had, and I loved the fact that an actual spider’s web was sparkling in the sun right next to the spider’s web climbing ropes. I can imagine a spider sizing it up, thinking “bring it on, I bet I can do one that big.”
It may not be as famous as its London namesake, but Hyde Park deserves some recognition as a beautiful place with a warmth that doesn’t rely on the weather.