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Sussex Scrapbook ~ Nature walks throughout the year
Green Man
Saturday 8th November 2008
Richmond Park, London
A paltry 5 miles in pouring rain!

The Met Office had decreed that today was going to be a total deluge with strong winds, so we decided once again not to go out by bike but instead to go to London by train and splosh around Richmond park.
We got to Richmond station at about 11:30 and headed through the remains of Richmond Palace to the Thames and walked south along the towpath to Richmond Hill. There are some very large trees here including a huge Riverside Plane and a Chilean Pine (Monkey Puzzle) that was about 80 feet tall. The view from the top of the hill was great, especially as the rain kindly decided to stop for a few minutes. It's very hard to believe that you're in the middle of London when the views give the impression that the "big smoke" is still highly wooded.
To fully explore the park would take at least several days, so on this trip we only strolled around the Northeast section. It looked magnificent in all its autumn finery and although the weather was wet and miserable we saw a good selection of birds. There were lots of Green Woodpeckers and Parakeets, but we also saw Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Jay and Mistle Thrush.
On the way back to the station we stopped at the Slug & Lettuce pub for a wet and a warm up before tackling the train home during a rush hour made even more hectic by thousands of rugby fans on their way home from Twickenham Stadium (England v Pacific islands).

Richmond park is by far the largest park in London

The Thames at Richmond Bridge. You can walk North for 2.5 miles to Kew gardens,
or the same distance south to Ham House.

Richmond Bridge. You can hire boats here and also get boat trips up and down the river.

Plenty of grey herons along the Thames as well as Kingfishers, Cormorants and many more species.

The storm clouds recede momentarily as we reach the top of Richmond Hill

There is a very healthy population of Ring-Necked Parakeets in the park

The sign for the Capital Ring walking route

We had to shelter from the rain inside a hollow tree

A fat squirrel that was obviously very adept at begging tried his best with us.

There are around 200 deer born every year in the park and
to maintain a healthy population of 650 there is a yearly cull.