Friday, 23 May 2014

London Walking! The Capital Ring, Section 6 - Wimbledon Park to Richmond Bridge

The other weekend, Walk London were offering free guided walks along some of their routes and I fully intended to get to one - however, after a lot of bus issues, we managed to get to our lunch location so late it was already about an hour or two later than all the walks that had started - but, after a re motivating pizza break, we were ready to head off and give it a try. We decided to do the Capital Ring, a 78 mile walk sort of around the middle of London. Of course, we didn't do the whole thing - we decided to begin with section 6, a 7.5 mile walk between Wimbledon Park and Richmond Bridge. For the most part it was relatively easy to follow, looking out for signs like the above on posts. This post documents the journey. I've removed as many of the photos as possible but this post is still pretty picture heavy as frankly the route takes you through a lot of different locations and it wouldn't be right without showing you all of them!

Our walk began in Wimbledon Park, where we first took a break and ate pizza because of the travel stress. Whatever, we were about to do a walk, right? Totally fine... Wimbledon Park was okay, pleasant enough but by no means one of the most interesting parks I've been to.






Afterwards we went residential for a little while, and enjoyed getting to look at some beautiful (very expensive!) houses.



And then suddenly - woodlands! This was a really fun path to take. It was nice being in all of the trees and very easy to forget that we were still in London. Every now and then somebody with their dog would suddenly appear and we'd be brought back a little bit, but it was still very quiet. 










The path also got very muddy, which was fine for me who had been sensible and was wearing trainers - I enjoyed the added adventure! My friend was less pleased. Hint, if you're going to do this walk, wear appropriate clothes...!



Finally, we arrived at Richmond Park. I don't think I've ever been to Richmond Park as it is pretty out of the way, so I was really excited to see it. Richmond Park is a nature reserve and is well known for its collection of deer. I've seen deer before but only very briefly, usually as they are running away from me back when I lived in Kent, so I wasn't expecting much - however, we were surprised to discover a big herd of deer clustered together quite near the beginning, and a few more deer scattered throughout. Obviously you aren't supposed to approach the deer and even in the big group they don't let you get too close - which you wouldn't want to, if you've seen the size of their antlers! Richmond Park is really nice for a trip as it offers a lot of varied wildlife and pretty landscapes - and at the moment there's lots of baby animals too! We saw lots of signs telling you to leave baby deer alone, but I didn't get to see any. I may return here with my DSLR one day.


















 6 miles down...



We left Richmond Park and got taken through some little back alleyways and through a meadow.


Finally,  Richmond itself! As you can see we finally made it as the sun was beginning to set, but that was a really nice time to be there as the riverside restaurants were just beginning to get lively.






 I completed my journey with some frozen yogurt! This was a Victoria Sandwich one, with bits of cake, berry sauce, and my favourites, raspberries.
I had fun completing this section of the walk, and it is my new goal to complete the whole of the Capital Ring - though I'm being logical about this, and I'm not going to expect to do it any time soon. I have a pretty busy life as I volunteer most Saturdays and usually overnight, and I'm usually seeing friends on Sundays, so I estimate one section a month is probably doable at the most - though actually, this month might be the exception to that! This walk took us about 3.5 hours to complete, maybe slightly more, and that was without much deviation aside from taking a few minutes to watch the deer and the baby swans which were very cute! I plan on completing it in order, especially now that I know that food is VERY important to me being able to complete the journey - it helps a lot because obviously the next part of the walk starts where this one finished so I've already had a little bit of time to scout out food options in the area to go to before starting.

You can view information on the Capital Ring here (and some of the other routes, if you prefer!). I did section 6, meaning that next time I'll be doing Richmond Bridge - Osterley Lock, which thankfully is half the length at 4 miles! Let me know if you'd be interested in seeing the next part of this route?
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  1. This looks so lovely!

    Stephanie
    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3436251
    xxxx

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    1. I think I'm gonna try and get the next part done this weekend! :)

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  2. Such an amazing post darling,love your blog!
    xoxo Antonella:)

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  3. The Richmond Park is very beautiful! I enjoyed seeing every picture :)

    xx,
    felishmichelle.blogspot.com

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    1. It really was very nice! If I wasn't so worried about the sun setting I could easily have spent much longer there.

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  4. such beautiful photos!) And little swans are so nice!

    http://svlnblog.blogspot.ru/

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    1. They were so cute! They were all really close though and I was a bit scared of mummy and daddy swan attacking me for being near their babies!

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  5. Wow the pictures you took are beautiful. I love Richmond park - the deer are beautiful, but a nightmare if you're driving through! Definitely will have to give this one a go!

    Thanks for sending me your link on the #lbloggers chat last night btw, I love discovering new blogs :) Hope you get the chance to look at mine and looking forward to reading more from you :)

    Vicky xxx
    Lots of Love, Me.

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    1. Of course I'll be having a look! I've never driven through but I can imagine - I know when I was in Kent whenever I saw the deer they'd be running out of my way, it looks like the Richmond deer are a little more stubborn than that!

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  6. This looks so lovely, fab photos!
    clarabellerose.blogspot.co.uk
    xxx

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  7. That looks like a lovely walk! I've wanted to visit the deer in Richmond Park for a while now, you managed to get pretty close to them!

    Saskia / girlinbrogues.com

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    1. You should! I had as well but RIchmond seems like such a hassle to get to that I really put it off, but it's a lovely little place so really worth it. You can actually get closer than the pictures make it look!

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  8. This looks so so heavenly! Literally my idea of a perfect day! I am a wheelchair user now, and I miss doing things like this so much, but looking through your photos I almost feel like I was there with you. The wildlife photos are amazing, how cute are the ducklings! Thanks for sharing the photos, it feels good to have taken a *walk* this evening ;)

    x Hayley-Eszti | www.hayleyeszti.blogspot.com

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  9. I really enjoyed this site and all the
    beautiful pictures.

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