Roaming in Richmond Park
Park life at its best
Covering an area of some 2,500 acres, Richmond Park is the largest Royal Park in London. From the gardens of Pembroke Lodge, high above the ‘Matchless Vale’ of Petersham, Richmond and Ham, the views extend as far as Windsor Castle, while in the other direction a famous keyhole vista brings St Paul’s Cathedral into view. Herds of deer, once the target of huntsmen, roam freely amid the glorious open spaces of this priceless park – created by Charles I for his sport, but now a wildlife wonder and precious public resource.
Almost 400 years on from Charles I, sport continues to feature strongly on the Richmond Park agenda:
- The plethora of paths and wooded areas is perfect for Cross-Country Running or Cycling (click here for more on cycling).
- Between 16 June and 14 March there is Fishing at Pen Ponds, available by paid permit from Holly Lodge. Call (020) 8948 3209 for details.
- North of Roehampton Gate three Rugby pitches are available during the winter months.
- Horse Riding is an obvious park favourite, thanks to the vast open spaces and the stables nearby. To see what is available click here.
- Power Kiting involves being pulled along by a kite whilst sat on a buggy or standing on a landboard. Click here to learn more.
- There is plenty of Golf too, with two 18-hole courses (including the option to ‘pay and play’), a driving range and a pro shop. Call (020) 8876 1795 for information and booking.
For nature, beauty and leisure, Richmond Park is your first port of call. For more information on events in the park click here.