London

Richmond Park perimeter: the Tamsin Trail

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Richmond Park is one of London’s best known parks. The Tamsin Trail follows its perimeter, for a total of about 7.5 miles. The Park is also one of the most popular and was packed on a sunny Sunday afternoon in mid-Summer. It was warm and there wasn’t a lot of shade and the trail was busy with mountain bikes (you could get by with a road bike in dry weather). There were however wide open vistas of grasslands and patches of wood, a creek that appeared to be free-flowing, and the best of all, deer. As I walked, I made sure to scan the horizon for antlers, but the deer were easy to spot. Just look for a bunch of people stopped with their cameras. The deer were all huddled under a shaded tree and not at all bothered by the bikes and dogs going by.

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This was my second visit to Richmond Park and quite different than my first which was in late-Autumn/early-Winter. It was a cool day and I had the Park largely to myself. The deer were grazing out in the open and the trees were bare.

In both seasons the Park is beautiful, but I do prefer having it to myself. It can take a while to get to on public transport from East London, but if you’re in the West, it won’t take long at all. It is well served by the tube, Overground and buses. The walk from Richmond Station is really nice too. There are multiple gates so you can come through from Wimbledon or many other entry points.

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