|Yes - this is in London!|
We drove over and parked by the Roehampton Gate but it's really easy to get to the park on public transport. We leapt out of the car and bounded off across the grass like little spring lambs...well, slightly hungover over little spring lambs...damn you Putney and your lovely bars. Heading in the direction of the Richmond Gate we stumbled across a rugby tournament - sadly there were no Chris Robshaws or Ben Fodens but what a brill place for a game.
And of course, if you see water you really must sit by it.
|This is Lauren and Annie. Lauren calls lunch 'dinner' and dinner 'tea', and is one of the loveliest people I know. Annie also falls into the loveliest people I know category and has some cracking party tricks.|
We walked a pretty direct route to the Richmond Gate which took just under an hour and happily we found ourselves on the steps of this fine establishment - The Lass O'Richmond Hill. It's a foodies paradise there and has a fantastically British menu. Trying to make up for the night before I plumped for a goats cheese salad but spent the entire meal eyeing up the bangers n' mash and fish n' chips the others had ordered. Bloody food envy.
After lunch we went back into the park via the Richmond Gate and headed South West towards Pembroke Lodge.
|10 out 10 for a fantastic lunge from Annie|
On the way to the lodge you walk through a garden called Poet's Corner where we came across the most fantastic views and in the distance you can actually see Windsor Castle. On this spot, known as King Henry's Mound, is a telescope through which you can spot St Paul's Cathedral! We all took a turn and ooo'd and ahhh'd appropriately. It really is quite amazing.
It was such a gorgeous day and I really want to go back when proper winter has set in - I imagine the park is even more beautiful with a blanket of snow over it. So this Londoner, who is a country girl at heart really, suggests...
- Go to Richmond Park. It really is so easy to get there and t'is completely free to get in. You can walk, cycle, run, sail, play sport or just sit. Even though half of London will have had the same idea as you the park is so huge that it never feels over crowded or busy.
- Go to Richmond Park again! It is impossible to do and see everything in one day there. We only managed to cover the North part of the park and we were there for a good 5 hours. The park is also so differently beautiful in each season so a quarterly visit it the only way to do it really!