Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A Scenic Walk through Richmond | #AditisPen

Walking in London, gives me the greatest joy - each street, each lane way, each park, has a hidden secret that you’ll only find on foot. And I love exploring London neighborhoods this way. Wear my comfy shoes, get my camera out, hop on the tube to discover the charms of a new place.

A few days back, I visited Richmond, an endearing village, way at the end of the District Line in southwest London. And though my first time there, I fell in love with all its beauty. The grassy river bank with wine glasses clinking at a distance, buskers playing their favorite tunes hypnotizing Londoners under the glistening sun, dogs taking a swim, keen kayakers cruising across the River Thames, children running around leafy bushes and climbing atop trees having their mini summer adventure, the busy high street with unique coffee shops and shopping delights, and up the Richmond Park adorable dogs chasing squirrels, and if you are lucky, spotting a deer or two roaming freely in the wild.

I felt like capturing every moment; here are few scenes from my day out in Richmond. Hope you enjoy the video!



I know I have only seen the neighborhood on the surface, but here's a guide for you to follow along for a charming day out in Richmond.

First things first, fill up your tank at the newly opened 'Kiss the Hippo' Coffee House. Equipped with its very own in-house roastery, their ‘George Street’blend coffee is insanely good!


Let the caffeine kick in as you step out and wander around the streets to find yourself in Church Court, with beautiful shop fronts on the side and opening up to St Mary Magdalene Church.


From there head towards the Thames riverfront, but not before getting a little peek into the lovely Lancaster Mews.


As you reach the river front, you can't help but feel a sense of calm as Londoners laze about in the sun enjoying a pint. Take in the scene, sitting on the steps of the towpath near the boats.


One could stay here for the rest of the day, watching ducks wobble into the river, then out beaking their way to find something to eat, families laughing and playing while the smell of summer lingers in the air.

As you walk along the river path, you will find some leafy relief at Buccleuch Gardens, a grassed area between the river and path. On the left hand side, in the gardens, there is a grotto area and a tunnel leading under the road and up into Terrace Gardens.

Enjoy the garden blooms, the buzzing of bees, chattering over packed picnics on sprawling lawns.


As you explore the garden, you will find a small pathway leading to Terrace Fields. I had my Narnia moment then, walking from one stunning landscape into another. Vast vast wild fields, and below you the Thames, snaking from the horizon through lush lush trees.

This view, best seen from the summit of Richmond Hill where we will take a break soon, has long been the inspiration of writers and artists, few of whom were Sir Walter Scott (Heart of Midlothian), Wordsworth (Sonnet June) and painter J.M.W Turner (The Thames from Richmond Hill).

So celebrated is this view that it was officially protected in 1902 by an Act of Parliament known as the Richmond, Ham and Petersham Open Spaces Act.


This magnificent panorama reveals Petersham Meadows on the left of the river, urban development of Twickenham on the right and Glover’s Island in the middle. Once you've soaked in the scenes, walk down the steep path towards the main road Petersham Road, and cross the road using the pelican crossing to see cows grazing at a distance.

Now, one could go down further this path to the famous Ham House and Gardens, but that for another day.

With the stunning Petersham Hotel giving all the feels, walk up the Nightingale lane to rest your feet over at Richmond Hill where you can grab a pint from the Roebuck pub across the road and enjoy the views.


Just down the road now is Richmond Park, and the only way to find your place in this enormous 2500 acres of parkland is, to get lost. So, this is where our guide map ends but the day is far from over as there is plenty left to explore at this National Nature Reserve.



I spent a couple of hours here wandering up and down the rolling hills and woodlands, stopping by to pet a dog or capture a whizzing squirrel, always keeping an eye out for the deer. There are 630 Red and Fallow deer roaming freely in the Richmond Park since 1637. So, I was hoping to spot one. And then, I found two deer emerge out of nowhere, but just as I could take my camera out, a football came flying from the corner where few children were playing and scared them away. I kept walking, deeper and deeper, far away from the main walking path, it is then that I meet this gorgeous fella.


As I waved goodbye here, I promised to come back soon for more explorations. Hope you enjoyed this scenic walk through Richmond and will join me in my next adventure too!




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35 comments:

  1. Wow! Stuff of children's tales! Thank you for taking me there through your photos and such beautiful descriptives

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    1. 😘😘 Will take you for real
      Come soon!

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  2. Loved every bit of this panoramic description Aditi! It came as a breath of fresh air and was so soothing to the nerves especially in the sweltering heat of Delhi! Richmond definitely seems very enticing!

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  3. What gorgeousness! Loved the detailed description and the photos are such beauties! Looks like you are having a good time, Aditi. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Vinitha! So grateful of living here and the beautiful escapes I can take!

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  4. I loved the name of the Coffee house. You descriptions are so dreamy... Makes the scenary all the more lively. A beautiful place to spend the day. Btw, there's a suburb called Richmond right next to my suburb 😊

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    1. Oh yes, the cafe name is so cute! It is in line with their clean and green ethos!
      Thanks, for the kind words!
      Would love to see how Richmond on the other side of the world look... :)

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  5. Your post has made me want to go and spend time there. Somehow it feels that these places will inspire so many stories. Always go back dreamy after reading your posts :)

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    1. Thanks, Naba! Going and exploring such places definitely does inspire the storyteller in me.

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  6. Wow! What a beautiful day and stunning photos too Aditi. Sitting by the river watching the canoes looks so peaceful and relaxing. Great video and a lovely blog of your day. Thank you for sharing <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. Thanks a lot Bexa! It was indeed relaxing, especially taking in all the sounds by the river side. Calming!

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  7. Kiss the Hippo! Such a cute name for a coffee house. The scenes are so dreamy and this place is already on my bucket list now :)

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    1. Woohoo! Good to know, Soumya! Cross it off your bucket list soon then!

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  8. I loved the little doggie swimming around. Looks like he was having so much fun.

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    1. Haha! He was a cutie. Took a long video of just him getting in and out and playing about!

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  9. I've never been to Richmond but it looks absolutely stunning. Seems like you picked a great day to go to, the weather looks perfect for walking and photos x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. Oh yes, the sun was out...the weather was perfect!

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  10. Ooh, Kiss the Hippo and Buccleuch Gardens are going on my list! They look amazing! Thanks for sharing 😘
    Rhianna x
    www.tsundokugirl.com

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    1. Thanks Rhianna! Both are definitely a must visit!

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  11. Such abundance of nature's delights. This is one of the reasons the entire continent is on my travel wishlist.

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    1. Agree Shanaya! The entire continent is a beauty. There's so much to explore here, just grateful to be living here!

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  12. I visited Richmond a few times when I lived in London many years ago and although I loved being down by the river, it was so peaceful, I never saw a deer, you were lucky! :)

    Lisa | www.lisasnotebook.com

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    1. Really, spotting the dear made the trip all the more worthwhile! Thanks, Lisa!

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  13. Wow I love how you’ve described everything, sounds so relaxing and lovely! Your pictures are gorgeous too!x

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  14. Wow what a beautiful place. Loved your vivid description and the lovely pictures. Had fun watching the doggie in the video!

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    1. That was the best, watching him take a swim! :)

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  15. Ahhh this is fantastic!! I love how serene this is and the pics are gorgeous! I mean look at how cute this deer is and the little squirrel tehe! :D You had quite the amazing stroll Aditi, such a light hearted and fun post to read! Also thanks for sharing the vid!

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

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    1. Thank you, Lena for such a sweet comment! I did have a great time :) I love such solo walks where you can take your time and go along with the pace of nature!

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  16. Your photos are so beautiful. I was around Richmond for a uni trip a couple of years ago and I thought it was a lovely place too. Your wildlife photos make me so happy, I'm such a sucker for animal pics!

    Vicki | www.missviclb.co.uk

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    1. Thanks, Vicki! Oh, I love animals! I don't have any pets but dream of having a farmhouse with cats, dogs, horses, hens, ducks, cows...The dream! :)

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  17. I love the way you write and its really nice to read your blogs. Richmond looks stunning, straight out of the fairy tales.

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    1. Thanks so much, Andrea! Really appreciate your comment! :)

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