There are many calm and beautiful walks through the wonderful surroundings of Richmond Park and Petersham, which seem as though they are part of a different world. The two walks we show are special, in all seasons and in all weathers.
The view of the Dysart Petersham down from the top of the hill in the Park, whether through the frost-encrusted branches of Trevor Aston’s Winter photograph, or in the high Summer photograph, shows the breadth of this beautiful and rural landscape and setting. Click here to see this photograph.
The Spring walk takes you part of the way to Richmond through woodlands towards the water meadows and the Thames which can be seen from along the path. Continue through the kissing gate across the meadows to the river and Richmond.
A lovely round journey from the kissing gate back to us follows paths through Petersham Woods, rich in birdsong and many old oak trees.
This is a comfortable route, with good paths, but with some hills to climb and good, rural mud – a trip to the countryside within moments.
It’s a route to enjoy in all seasons, but shown here in Spring. It gets muddier in the Autumn and Winter.
The Spring/Summer walk is immediately opposite us. It will take you past ancient trees, fallen branches rotting slowly into the ground and full of wild life, rabbit warrens, elderflowers and berries, brambles, King Henry VIII’s Mound with its protected view to the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, to the top of the Hill overlooking The Dysart Petersham and back down through the woods to The Petersham Gate.
Herds of deer, fallow and red, often graze here.
You will pass trees painted by one of the local artists whose works we show. The quality of light and shadow here is special, whether in the morning or early evening sun.
Allow 20 to 30 minutes, or longer if you want to sit and enjoy the views from the top. This part of the Park can also be enjoyed on the flat on a route that is entirely suitable for wheelchairs.