Walk in Isabella Plantation and Richmond Park, 5-6 miles

 

Light walking attire is fine, unless you can't be parted from your proper walking boots.

Please be aware that if there is significant rain forecast, the walk will be cancelled the evening before - I am no wet weather walker I'm afraid.

Anyone who doesn't know Richmond Park is advised to look at the map on the website, as there is scope for confusion.

I'll provide my mobile number nearer the time. You're welcome to 'phone me on the day, and if you call before 11am, we'll wait for up to ten minutes.

 

The Isabella Plantation has 15 varieties of deciduous azaleas and a national collection of 50 Kurume Azaleas (whatever they are). There are also 50 different species of rhododendron and 120 hybrids; camellia (not the royal variety - apologies to Tom II - you know who you are) and narcissi (which I'm told are nothing to do with men).

As we all know, plants do not always appear when they are expected, so we might find them in full bloom (hopefully), in measly little buds, or past their sell-by date.

Depending on how the recce goes, we will also cover some of Richmond Park as well as building in a lunch option. We might also see some red and fallow deer (the latter are the resting ones!). Dog owners should follow the advice on the website, particularly as this will be the birthing season when deer often take unkindly to, even unprovocative, canines (honest, I didn't make that up). As someone reminded me, we don't want another Jesus moment (remember Fenton?)

 

 

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Well done Zoe - you're right - I didn't even mean woozy! Also, no offence meant to Tracey - it's me who likes the wussy walks.

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for your message Tracy - sorry your back is giving you problems. Glad you got to see it in the afternoon. I'll try and do another "Woosy walk" sometime!

    1 · May 20, 2013

    • Zoe

      Haha, I think you mean wussy rather than woosy, we didn't have that many drinks at lunch! :-)

      1 · May 20, 2013

    • Tracey

      I don't need a wussy walk!

      May 20, 2013

  • John

    Very pleasant stroll. Thanks for organizing, Charlotte

    May 20, 2013

  • Sigrun M. W.

    I'm glad I came, it was a good group size, nice to meet new people and meet some people again.

    May 19, 2013

  • Zoe

    So many beautiful flowers! Thanks Charlotte for the tour and lovely to see everyone else :-)

    May 19, 2013

  • Tracey

    Glad you all had a good time. I'm not one of the virtual walkers. I would have loved to have joined you. I have a back problem and it was playing up so couldn't have walked up the hill to get there. A friend would have come too and driven but as it was full I couldn't add a guest and didn't want it to be a problem if she just showed up. We went together this afternoon instead and it was lovely.

    May 19, 2013

  • Tom

    Excellent walk and company - many thanks Charlotte and relieved that my lack of knowledge of shrub thingies was not further exposed!

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you all for really making the walk today - and for your understanding! Sorry, Valerie, Tyson and Chloe that you didn't get the invite in time - perhaps some of those naughty virtual walkers will take heed!

    May 19, 2013

  • Sharon M.

    Charlotte's ISSy WiSy walk was lovely!!Thank-you Charlotte.

    May 19, 2013

  • Simon A.

    Beautiful colours and smells and the flowers were nice too ;-)

    May 19, 2013

  • Valerie

    Like other comments my invitation came through over night and I didn't see it in time. Its a shame I would have liked to have joined you.

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Same for me Tyson. Just got the email confirmation and the walk is near to finishing! Shame it doesn't let you confirm if you are still available rather than automatically add you! Hope everyone had fun.

    May 19, 2013

  • Tyson

    Shame, just spotted the email confirmation .... have other commitment now

    May 19, 2013

  • Tracey

    Sorry have to give it a miss.

    May 19, 2013

  • Tracey

    Hi would anyone be willing & able to pick me up from Kingston Gate please? Thank you

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The walk will be about 1.5 hours, with optional lunch at the eateries in the Park. However, the plantation is quite compact, so you're free to go at any time!

    1 · May 17, 2013

    • Tracey

      Thanks Charlotte. I know the plantation well :-)

      May 17, 2013

  • Tracey

    Hi Any idea what time the walk will finish?.. I still want to come but something has come up too..thanks

    May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss this but there will be no trains from my station this Sunday

    May 16, 2013

  • Carol

    Looking forward to a walk in the sun :)

    May 16, 2013

  • Rosemary

    sorry, cannot now make this walk.

    May 12, 2013

  • jo

    hi

    April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Tom II - thanks for message - thought you'd enjoy that (I knew you could take it!)

    April 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Jane - I've switched the waiting list on now - thanks

    April 16, 2013

  • Jane

    Can I be put on waiting list

    April 16, 2013

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