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|Author: Claire, Published: 04 Feb 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular trail on the paths of Richmond Park. Richmond Park is a large bustling park where fallow deer, red deer and a whole host of wildlife share the area with joggers, cyclists and walkers. One of London’s Royal Parks, the park dates back to the early 1600s and is popular with residents and visitors alike. |
Most of the walk follows tarmac paths put about a quarter of it follows grass paths which can get muddy in winter and after rain. There are only a few steady climbs and descents. The paths can be quite busy and you are likely to be sharing them with plenty of joggers and cyclists. Dogs are welcome in Richmond Park but remember there are free roaming deer so you need to keep them under close control (you don’t want to create your own YouTube ‘Fenton!’ moment). The deer can become aggressive towards dogs during the breeding season (Sep/Oct) and the birthing season (May to July). There is a park information centre, refreshment kiosk and public toilets alongside the car park at the start. Approximate time 2 hours.
The walk starts from the free car park within Richmond Park at Pembroke Lodge on Queen’s Road. (Note: vehicle access to the park is limited to daylight hours). If you enter the park through the Richmond Gate entrance, turn right at the first roundabout and the car park can be found further along Queen’s Road on the right hand side. Approximate post code TW10 5HX.
|Start to Ham Gate Crossroads|
Start point: 51.4439 lat, -0.2934 long
Stand facing the information centre with the car park and road behind you. Turn left to follow the tarmac footpath with the road running over to the left. Pass by the refreshment kiosk on the right and follow the path with the tall metal fence immediately to the right. Keep close to the fence, and as the fence turns right, go right and then left to follow the ridge top path past a number of benches. Enjoy the views over the valley to the right.
|Ham Gate Crossroads to Robin Hood Junction|
Start point: 51.4332 lat, -0.2873 long
Turn left here signed towards Isabella Plantation. Follow the tarmac lane and after a little distance the lane narrows – keep ahead here ignoring the right turn to the plantation.
|Robin Hood Junction to Sawyer’s Hill|
Start point: 51.4392 lat, -0.2685 long
Turn left here, signed to Barnes, and pass by another parking area on the left. Immediately after the car park, turn left onto the gravel path. Soon you will see a pair of lakes, one each side of the path, in the distance ahead.
|Sawyer’s Hill to End|
Start point: 51.4519 lat, -0.2682 long
Cross over the road with care, and then turn left to join the tarmac path running parallel with the road now on your left. Follow this path for some distance and eventually you will reach the Richmond Gate park entrance ahead.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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