We hadn't been to Richmond Park for many years but some thirty years ago and more, when we lived in West London, it provided us with an escape 'into the country' to walk, read and picnic amongst the deer and, in particular, to visit the Isabella Plantation in the Spring when it is a riot of colour. We even used to take our Siamese Cats, off leads too. Invariably we ended up with the odd dog in tow as we returned to our car.
It was so peaceful and it still is if you can avoid the cars and all those cyclists, many of whom seem to think that the 20 mile speed limit only applies to cars and not to them.
Yes, it has changed but then it is being used far more for recreation, cycling and running, than ever before and that can only be a good thing!
However, the park is large enough to lose yourself in, off those beaten tracks, and that is still the best thing to do.
It will be just a few weeks before the Isabella Plantation is in bloom, ablaze with reds, pinks, oranges, white and green. We will be going back quite soon as that sight is far too good to miss and those buds were well on the way on Easter Sunday, a morning of sunshine and warmth heralding the Spring.
You can now park at most of the gates or you can go by tube to most of them. It couldn't be easier so what is your excuse?
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