Richmond Park

Today we drove up to Richmond Park again to see the deers.

We went in the middle of the day to avoid the traffic in suburbs of London and turned off M25 at junction 12 which took us right into Richmond High Street on the A316 – past landmarks like Twickenham Rugby ground and the Kempton Park Engine Trust with the World’s largest working triple expansion steam engine.

This is magnificant, know nothing about things like this but i was impressed. Built in 1928 by Worthington-Simpson of Newark and stands in an Art Deco engine house

As we left M25, we could see outline of Thorpe Park rides in the distance.

In Richmond we went up the hill – with one of the most beautiful views in London over the Thames winding away below the Star and Garter and thru Richmond Gate into the Park.

Richmond Park is like a Lowry painting come to life… full of ancient trees and herds of grazing young deers and some stags and Londoners on bikes, jogging, walking. Somewhere in the park is the Royal Ballet School.

This time we stopped in the park at a place never stopped before, Pembroke Lodge… a Georgian mansion, a little way into the park from Richmond gate, draped with wisteria in the summer and looking down onto the Thames valley a perfect place for tea or for those with means, a beautiful setting for a Wedding.

The sad thing about today, was a sign saying the park is closed for a few nights for a deer cull. Wish i hadn’t seen this sign.

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