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
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