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Cannon Hill Common

Cannon Hill Common's LakeCannon Hill Common covers 21 hectares of open space, and is a Site of Borough Importance – Grade 1 for Nature Conservation.  It boasts mature woodland, which is over 140 years old and is home to a variety of plants and animals. Cannon Hill Common is a great place for walking, recreational fishing and angling, dog walking, bird watching and simply getting away from urban life and enjoying a small piece of countryside in the city. Find out more about Cannon Hill Common's history.

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  • Lakes/Ponds and other water features
  • Trees/Woodland
  • Nature Conservation Interest


A fishing club has now been established at the lake. For further details about membership, contact details and enquires please visit The Wandle Piscators homepage for further details.

Anyone aged 12 years or over who fishes for salmon, trout, freshwater fish or eels in England and Wales must have an Environment Agency Rod Fishing Licence. You will not be entitled to fish the Cannon Hill Common lake without an appropriate licence and club membership, this is enforced by The Wandle Piscators, Local community police officers and The Environment Agency on a regular basis.

It is also requested that you follow good fishing practice, this includes the following:

  • Taking away your litter, line, hooks and bait
  • Micro barb and barbless hooks only
  • Fishing to take place from the main footpath only
  • No fishing from the nature reserve adjacent to Joseph Hood Recreation Ground
  • All fish to be returned to the water alive and unharmed
  • No fires/barbecues
  • No alcohol
  • No stocking of the lake
  • No keep nets
  • No night fishing
  • No parking on Cannon Hill Common

The nearest toilet and parking facilities are in Joseph Hood Recreation Ground, Martin Way, Morden.

Opening hours

Day Open Close
Monday - Friday 8 AM Dusk
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 9 AM Dusk


Cannon Hill Common Lake and pathCannon Hill is located between the town centres Raynes Park and Morden in the ward of Cannon Hill in the south western corner of Merton. The Common is accessible from Parkway, Heath Drive and Cannon Hill Lane.

The Common can be accessed on foot from Whatley Avenue, Cannon Hill Lane, Southway, Parkway and Heath Drive. Walkers can also get onto the Common via walkways from King George’s Playing Fields, Joseph Hood Recreation Ground, across the meadow from Parkway and along the grassed area adjacent to the roads.


  • Train: The nearest railway services for Common visitors are available at Raynes Park and Wimbledon Chase Stations. They are each about a 15 minute walk away from the Common.
  • Buses: The 413 bus runs regularly between Morden and Sutton and stops at points along Cannon Hill Lane.

Contact us

Leisure and Culture Services
8th Floor
Merton Civic Centre
London Road

Telephone: 020 8545 3678 or 020 8545 3930
Fax: 020 8545 3237

Map and directions

Larger map (Google Maps website)

This page was last updated on Tuesday 10 March 2015

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