Richmond Park is the largest & wildest of the Royal Parks. In 1637 King Charles I built an 8 mile wall around the park to keep in his 2000 deer.
We enter the park through Kingston Gate and proceed along the Tamsin Trail up dark hill to the Isabella Plantation woodland gardens.
A plantation well known for its Kurime Azaleas, we'll also get to see some rare and exotic plants, woodland glades, streams and stepping stones.
We then walk across the middle of Pen Ponds and towards Pembroke Lodge. We'll see White Lodge, built by King George II in 1727 and now home of the Royal School of Ballet. Pembroke lodge (once home to the philosopher Bertrand Russell) has stunning views over the Thames Valley to Windsor castle.
We then climb King Henry's (VIII) mound and get a view of St Paul's Cathedral. We then follow the Tamsin trail passing the golf course, a brook, a pond and the Sultan of Abu Dhabhi's house. We then walk up King's road, along the river to have lunch at the Riverside Boaters Inn. After lunch we head back to the station passing the 12th century All Saints Church.
Walk distance: approx 7 miles. The walk begins and ends at Kingston station. This walk is not suitable for dogs.