When thinking about 25 things that I wanted to do before I turned 25, the first thing that came to mind was a visit to Richmond Park to see the deer. I'd seen pictures of this beautiful place and thought it would be a very welcome escape from the hustle & bustle of Central London. I was not wrong!
We escaped one day in the summer, when the temperature was high and the sun out in full force; travelling by bus we ventured to the Roehampton Gate side of the park.
When we got to the park we spread out our blanket and set ourselves down by the Beverley Brook for a picnic, sitting under a tree for shade. Here we were very lucky to see, first one red deer on his own, and then a large herd of them come very close to us as we ate, some of them even ventured down in to the brook to have a drink and cool off.
Charles I created Richmond Park in 1634 as a park for hunting deer, luckily this is no longer the case and there are now over 600 red and fallow deer roaming freely around the park. They are so incredibly majestic! It was a wonderful experience to see them wandering around their natural habitat.
After our picnic we ventured further into the park, exploring the woodland and seeing where different paths would take us.
Richmond Park is the largest of London’s Royal Parks; it measures 2,360 acres and is located in three of London’s Boroughs – Richmond, Kingston and Wandsworth. It is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve. As well as the red and fallow deer, it is also home to many other kinds of wildlife, such as woodpeckers, rabbits and squirrels, frogs, toads and even snakes! There are also many kinds of insects, trees and fungi.
After a long day of exploring we headed home, full to the brim of Vitamin D and sleepy from the fresh air. On days like today, when it’s wet and cold outside, it’s nice to remember days like this. It’s certainly somewhere I’ll be visiting again, maybe next it’ll be on a crisp Autumn day, when the air is cool and the colours are changing.