Richmond Park walk no.2
Start: Kingston Gate car park
Finish: Kingston Gate car park
Length: 9.95 km / 6 miles
Weather: Dull, but the sun did come out a couple of times.
Richmond Park was very busy. It is, after all, a London Park. So maybe it wasn't such a great idea to go there so soon after Christmas, when people were obviously keen to try out their new jogging shoes, new lycra and new bikes in an attempt keep their New Year resolutions. The first car park was already full so I had to find one of the last few spaces in the Kingston Gate car park.
Fortunately, once you get away from the car parks and roads, it is possible to find some peace and quiet away from the hoards.
This walk could be done using the number 65 or 371 bus from outside Richmond station and starting opposite The Dysart pub, Petersham.
The Path from the Kingston gate car park.
The track from the Isabella Plantation car park.
Near to the Robin Hood roundabout.
The path that leads to Spanker's Hill Wood.
This part of the walk follows the London Capital Ring footpath.
Spanker's Hill Wood car park and cafe.
Approaching the Pen Ponds.
Swans on Pen Ponds.
Looking back to Pen Ponds from near to Sidmouth Wood.
The view from Pembroke lodge to Ham and Petersham and beyond.
The Ian Dury memorial plaque and bench. Reasons to be Cheerful indeed, although just as good is Half Man, Half Biscuit's spoof Reasons to be Miserable.
The steps leading down from Pembroke Lodge.
The crossroads up from Ham Gate. I went straight over and followed the sandy bridalway.