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Winter sunset on the Diana Fountain

23-Jan-15 • Sean O'Neill

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Hampton Wick Pond, Home Park

23-Jan-15 • Sean O'Neill

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The Long Water, Home Park

18-Feb-15 • Sean O'Neill

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The South Front from the Privy Garden

18-Feb-15 • Sean O'Neill

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Cascade, the Water Gardens

28-Dec-15 • Sean O'Neill

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Hampton Court Bridge

23-Jan-15 • Sean O'Neill

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Hampton Court Palace at the end of the Long Water

23-Jan-15 • Sean O'Neill

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Hampton Court Circular walk

Two royal parks and Britain's finest surviving Tudor building

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Fri, 07-Dec-18

Date # Post
Sun, 04-Mar-18 9

Sunday Walk – Royal Parks (Hampton Court Circular)

Extra Walk 240 – Hampton Court Figure-of-8
Length: 13 km (8.1 miles). Toughness: 1/10

10:59 Hampton Court train from Waterloo (Vauxhall 11:03, Clapham Jct 11:10, etc), arriving at 11:37. Hampton Court is in TfL Zone 6.

Trains back from Hampton Court are half-hourly at xx:05 (direct) & xx:35 (change at Surbiton).

This Sunday's short walk is a meander around the royal parks at Hampton Court, hopefully with some early spring flowers and blossom. Because the direct trains are only hourly this Sunday I've started the walk half an hour later than usual, which gives you the option of an early pub lunch in Hampton Wick. Alternatively, I've always been satisfied with the food at the Pheasantry café in Bushy Park's Woodland Gardens, which you'll reach at around 1pm. You could even stop there again for tea on the way back but there are plenty of other places towards the end of the walk, eg. the Tiltyard café in the ‘informal gardens’ (free entry) of Hampton Court Palace.

You'll need to print the maps and directions from the Hampton Court Circular Walk page. T=swc.240
Sounds good and light on mud post melt. See you all there.
Eight off the train at Hampton Court and we picked up 1 other SWC stalwart in Hampton Court Park who was doing part of the walk and then going to see relatives in SW London so 9 in all. I know Hampton Court park fairly well as I was a student at Kingston Poly in the early 70s and spent many happy, and lets be frank, fairly drunken summer hours with friend there, and we quickly made our way to the pub at the Kingston entrance to the park which has now sadly closed so we decided to continue on to the Pheasantry cafe but with a couple of head scratching moments over the directions en route.

After a decent lunch things got a bit weird! There is no gpx file for the walk so those with the written directions (not me) took over following the route and they became a bit confused with where we were and needed to get to regarding our position in relation to various cottages, plantations and other parkland features so after one bout of faffing around I and one other just decided to use gps to take a direct southerly route back to Hampton Court station by passing the Pheasantry cafe as a possible tea stop where we bought tea and cake from the station cafe for the 3.30pm train back to London.

Perhaps those following the walk directions were having an off day but they certainly became somewhat confused by them. Perhaps inattention was to blame and the park has a myriad of tracks and paths you can take and writing directions for these can be difficult. I'm sure the others found a good route back to the Pheasantry for drinks and then back to the station. A gentle and pleasant day out but a gpx/kml download would make things a lot easier! Oh the weather: some rain at first then dull and dry.

(Some comments from the other walkers about the directions would be helpful.)
Sun, 16-Oct-16 4

Sunday Walk 2 – Two Royal Parks

Extra Walk 240 – Hampton Court Figure-of-8
Length: 13 km (8.1 miles). Toughness: 1/10

10:27 Hampton Court train from Waterloo (Vauxhall 10:31, Clapham Jct 10:36, etc), arriving at 11:03. Hampton Court is in TfL Zone 6.

Trains back from Hampton Court are at 05 & 35 minutes past the hour.

If you missed last Sunday's encounter with Richmond Park's deer in the rutting season, here's another chance to see these magnificent animals in the parkland and gardens around a famous royal palace, with the added attraction of some early autumn colour on the trees. The pubs in Hampton Wick come a bit too soon for lunch so I suggest stopping at the Pheasantry café in Bushy Park's Woodland Gardens; you'll be going past it at around 12:30 and then again an hour or so later, allowing you to opt for an early or a late lunch stop. The suggested tea stop is the Tiltyard café in the palace grounds, but there are plenty of other refreshment places just across the main road from Hampton Court station.

Earlier this year Historic Royal Palaces controversially ended a longstanding tradition of free entry to the Formal Gardens outside the main summer season, but you can still wander freely around the Wilderness and other ‘informal gardens’.

You'll need to print the maps and directions from the Extra Walk 240 page. T=swc.240
4 on this lovely walk. Sunny and warm all day. Lots of deer in both parks.
Thank you Sean.
4 sunny
Sun, 08-Mar-15 7 Hampton Court Figure-of-8