19 May 2013: Richmond Park

Four of us — Polly, Damien, Sara and me — managed this last minute hike. No smart phones about so no pics this time round,which is a shame because this was a stunning day to be in Richmond Park. Sunny periods, no scattered showers and warmth, so very easy to shed the last of the winter gear and have some faith in the weather and its predicted 18C.

What ever time of the year you walk in this park it is different and it was today. We had the fantastic scene of acres of beautiful azaleas and rhododendrons in spectacular flower spreading out around the Isabella plantation. The beautiful greens of trees early in leaf, bluebells cowslips, the late blossom and the bracken not my favourite plant by miles but watching the heads of the fronds coming out bent and coiled is quite moving.

Fallow deer in Richmond Park (from www.royalparks.org.uk)

Fallow deer in Richmond Park (from www.royalparks.org.uk)

We saw Mandarin ducks, fallow deer and green wood peckers amongst the trees. We finished the day with a jolly well deserved ‘cuppa’ down the Petersham Nursery cafe but they can keep the cakes at 4 quid a slice .We ambled back to Richmond so I guess we covered about 6/7 miles.



About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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