SOUTHWEST LONDON PARK PERIMETERS
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Hyde Park (and Kensington Gardens) is much more central, has a palace and plenty of space to walk around, play football, have a picnic, or ride a horse. Also Richmond Park is much, much larger.
Richmond Park is open to vehicles from 7:00 am in the summer and 7:30 am in the winter. Vehicle gates close at dusk all year round. Pedestrian gates are open 24 hours except during the deer cull in November and February. During these months, pedestrian gates open at 7:30 am and close at 8:00 pm.
Richmond Park is a fabulous park that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Overshadowed by its central cousins, Hyde Park and Regents Park , the park in Richmond nonetheless offers visitors an enjoyable nature experience. Nevertheless, this expansive park is still worth the trip .
Grass snakes are present in the park and, although a population estimate has not been conducted, juveniles are seen regularly and they therefore breed well. Like all reptiles they are ‘cold blooded’ which means they cannot regulate their own body temperature.
Walk Overview Explore London’s beautiful Richmond Park on this 7-mile circular walk through grasslands, woodland, heaths and the park’s iconic herds of red deer. Richmond Park is the largest of London’s Royal Parks and the capital’s largest Site of Special Scientific Interest.
There are now two toilet blocks within Isabella, one near Still Pond, and one by Peg’s Pond gate. The toilet at Still Pond is open between April and November, the toilet at Peg’s Pond gate is open year round. Both have wheelchair accessible cubicles.
Since 1963 it has been the residence of Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy. The residence was originally built as two houses in 1673 for two Richmond Park Keepers, as Aldridge Lodge.
Greenland’s National Park
around 750 years old
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Vans and lorries continue to use Richmond Park as a through road, despite a ban that has been in force since at least 1997. When this reporter visited the park on Thursday, August 20, several trade vehicles were driving along Sawyer’s Hill.
Richmond Park is fully open to cyclists once again, five months after restrictions were put in place. Cycling in the popular west London green space has been limited since March, when park management banned people from riding through the park due to concerns about coronavirus.
Parking is free of charge.