Richmond Circular walk

Get away from it all without leaving Greater London - Richmond Park and the River Thames.


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: Tue, 29-Jan-19

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Sun, 08-Oct-17 12

The SWC Annual Rutting Walk!!

SWC Walk 188 - Richmond Circular

Length 12km (7.5m); toughness 1/10

Trains: Meet in the concourse of Richmond Tube/Rail station (Zone 4) at 10.45am to start walking at 11am.

Yes, its that time of year again - the SWC rut -- or more accurately the opportunity to watch the red and fallow deer stags in Richmond Park compete for hinds. Watch the roaring, barking and clashing of antlers as they fight off rivals and try to attract as many females as possible.

Safety notice: Deer are wild animals and their space must be respected. Always keep a minimum of 50 metres away and use a long lens if taking photographs. See here for more important information.

Full walk instructions and further information about the walk can be found here


10 of us gathered at Richmond station, others materialised at various points and joined us if only briefly, so say about 12 in total on a day of sunny intervals. We were a bit disappointed by the lack of rutting although we did see a few deer later in the walk after the Pen Ponds and a latecomer saw more stag action. Those who had a late lunch at Pembroke Lodge seemed very satisfied. An interesting walk, good value for 3 and a bit hours.
Sun, 09-Oct-16 9

Red deer in Richmond Park

SWC 188 Richmond Circular
Distance 12km (7.5m); toughness 1/10.
Travel to Richmond (Zone 4) by tube or train and meet in the forecourt of Richmond station at 11am to start walking by 11.10am
This short walk is usually posted in winter but I thought I would give it an October outing so you have the chance to view the autumn rut of Richmond Park’s resident population of red and fallow deer.
Important note: red deer stags in particular can be aggressive in the autumn rut so you must keep your distance: 50m at least. See here for further advice and information.
The park should be looking splendid as the leaves start to change colour. You will also have plenty of time to explore Richmond and enjoy its pubs and cafes.

Walk directions and information on lunch and refreshments can be found here
Did anyone do this walk?
9 walkers in total on a sunny day. 5 set off at the appointed time from Richmond and were joined by two more at the entrance to Richmond Park, where most headed straight to Pembroke Lodge for an early lunch. Two continued with their packed lunches to Isabella Plantation where they were joined by two more late starters. Lots of Red stags and Fallow bucks were prowling around but obstinately refused to engage in rutting behaviour. Both groups met up at the exit from the park to descend into Richmond where some partook of refreshment.
Thanks Anon, perhaps we can make this an annual SWC rutting walk but maybe the 3rd week in October.
9 sunny
Sun, 14-Jun-15

Sunday First Walk - Richmond Park + cricket match

Extra Walk 188 – Richmond Circular
Length: 12km (7.5 miles) Toughness: 1/10

10.25 Windsor & Eton Riverside train from Waterloo (Vauxhall 10:29, Clapham Junction 10:35) arriving at Richmond at 10:44.
Or take a District Line tube train to arrive at Richmond at the same time. Richmond is in Zone 4. There are frequent return trains to Waterloo.

The idea of combining a shortish walk with a visit to a limited overs county cricket match proved fairly popular last year, so we’re repeating the formula today. Starting out along the banks of the Thames, the route soon climbs to explore the varied and less visited landscapes of Richmond Park, before returning to Richmond via the suggested lunchtime stop, Pembroke Lodge.

The Twenty20 cricket match between Middlesex and Gloucestershire will take place at Old Deer Park, Richmond, starting at 2:30pm. Spectating is free. To reach the cricket ground, do not follow signs to Old Deer Park (Public Park), but go past Richmond Station and walk for 150 metres to Richmond roundabout. Take the second walk exit from the roundabout across the dual carriage way and turn into Kew Road following the signs for Kew Gardens. Stay on this pavement for half a mile, and the entrance to the cricket ground is on the left.

Those not interested in the cricket could combine the walk with a visit to Kew Gardens, or could extend the walk by following the Thames Path upstream to Kingston.

The suggested lunch stop, Pembroke Lodge, is in Richmond Park towards the end of the walk. Allow 45 minutes to reach Old Deer Park from there.

You can find the walk directions and further information here.
Is anyone interested in this idea? If so I'll think about a suitable walk.
Sounds like a good idea
I'd be interested in a walk ending with the cricket. J
You can also walk along the Thames in the other direction to Kew Bridge. I would recommend The Express which is across the bridge next to Kew Bridge Station, for tea or a great range of beers.
Is spectating really free?
I think the walker who advised Chris about this event must have been a Middlesex member, as hoi polloi have to stump up £20 for ground entry (£10 for over 65s). Maybe a local can suggest vantage points in Old Deer Park where you can follow the action for free?
As a Surrey man I often watch the crews row by and think, why aren't I at the Oval listening to the sound of willow on leather...?
Sun, 11-Jan-15 12 Richmond Circular
Sun, 17-Nov-13 10 Richmond Circular