For my birthday this year I wanted to do things I’d not done before in London. There’s so much to see in the city that’s ever changing that just keeping up to date with what’s on your doorstep is a challenge.
But I knew I wanted to do something that feels very un-London. I wanted to go into Richmond Park to see the deer.
Getting round to Richmond is a simple enough but very long journey. It’s just one train on the Overground all the way around, but it takes nearly an hour. I think that’s partly what has put me off before is how long it would take to get there.
We headed to the park not really sure if we’d spot any deer. I found it hard to believe they would just be roaming around the park. The park is huge, and I though it made it even more unlikely.
But I was wrong! After about 15 minutes of walking we found a group of deer not too far from the main road. There are signs saying you should keep a distance from the deer, but what do you do when they decide to come over to you? Moving away from them rose questions of if they would run at you. Or if you scared them they might move into to the road. So we decided to stay still and take excellent photos instead.
The deer then proceeded to cross the road, causing all the traffic to stop, while the rest of the group decided to follow him.
The rest of the park is also stunning. It is just huge and in just over an hour we only saw the smallest amount of it.
The landscape had a wonderful bleakness to it; it wasn’t all green pastures like you’re used to in the south. It was more like northern landscapes with heather and bushes. It has some personality. It would be worth another explore in the summer months.