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by Caroline Haack (subscribe)
Fine art student and freelance writer from Paris, living in London.
Published July 10th 2017
Real nature close to Central London

Richmond Park is the largest royal park in London, it extends over 10 km and is fully enclosed. It is an immense natural space where many species of animals and city dwellers live together. More than 300 deer live there and can be seen walking around the four corners of the park without worrying about walkers and cyclists. Aside from deer herds, fawns can also be seen. In total, no fewer than 600 species of animals and birds live in this protected natural park.

Richmond Park is located in the suburbs of London. It can be reached quickly by metro via the District Line. It is necessary to get off at the terminus of the line (tube station Richmond) and then to reach the park by bus. You can walk to it, but it takes at least 40 minutes to walk to downtown Richmond and the Royal Park of the same name.

Once there, you will be amazed by the immensity of the park: 10,000 hectares of forests, meadows, hills and plains. Difficult to imagine that you were on the tube a few minutes before finding yourself face to face with a herd of deer!

Richmond Park is so big that one can easily get lost! It is better to stay on the marked trails, especially at the end of the day, otherwise you risk spending a night under the stars far away from the comfort of your home!

The park has several picnic areas but you can also eat on site. It is also possible to rent bicycles. Pony rides are also offered to children in the riding centres of the park. You can practice golf as well as tennis.

Wild Cervids represent no danger to visitors. They are accustomed to the presence of man, however, it is preferable not to go too close to the deer, especially when the males are in a rut (September and October). It is at this time of year that males demonstrate their strength in front of females during the violent fighting.

It is possible to cross the park by car for a kind of British safari, but be careful to respect the speed regulation! The park is extensive and less is free. In the warm weather, Richmond Park is open from 7 am to 9 pm. For other months of the year, I advise you to consult directly the opening hours on the official website of the park.
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Where: Richmond TW9 3AB
Cost: Free entry
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