Richmond Park

Richmond Park

South West London

Route: Richmond Park

Area: South West London

Date of walk: 23rd November 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 7.6 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Weak sun, cold

Richmond Park is the largest of London’s eight Royal Parks and is the biggest enclosed space in the capital. It is also a National Nature Reserve and home to herds of wild red and fallow deer

We parked at Pembroke Lodge and from there we picked up the Tamsin Trail which we followed in a clockwise direction for the initial part of the walk. It was hard to imagine that we were in the capital city, so vast were the vistas of unspoilt woodland and parkland – the squawking of ring necked parakeets and the passenger planes flying overhead were the only reminders that we were in London and not the New Forest

After visiting Pen Ponds and walking through Isabella Plantation we completed the circuit and arrived back at Pembroke Lodge

There were plenty of deer and other wildlife sightings along the way and this added greatly to the enjoyment of a wonderful walk – Londoners are lucky to have this slice of countryside on their doorsteps

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