Is it still autumn? Is it winter yet ?
I toyed with an idea of checking out Richmond Park for quite a while. The recent weather conditions are rarely seen in the UK: clear, blue skies, below zero temperatures, frosty mornings. It was now or never for me, so I got up at 6:20 am on Saturday and took a train and District line all the way to Richmond. An hour and 40 min trek, more or less.
Every now and then I come across a place which I love (or dislike) from the first sight and I must say I really liked Richmond the moment I got off the train. If only I could live there 🙂 I wandered around a little bit admiring pretty cafes and lanes but my goal was to get to Richmond Park before the sun melted the frost. In 30 min or so I reached the gate and entered this enormous park. Again, within minutes I was in love. Majestic, old trees, vast landscapes, two ponds right in the middle and fantastic light – if only I had taken an earlier train to make the most of the beautiful sunrise. Still, I had a good couple of hours to enjoy the quiet winter scenery, mixed with some very autumnal colours. Best of both worlds!
A changing season:
And, of course, the deer:
It must have been the cold, because my phone battery was nearly dead by midday. I wanted to spend a bit more time in London so on the way back from Richmond I got off at Embankment and walked along the Thames. I remembered from past visits that Tate Modern was a good place to charge a phone for free. Their terrace was open as well, so I took an opportunity to snap a pic of the well known view across the river to St Pauls Cathedral.
This was a well planned and executed day trip, and the weather could have not been nicer, despite the cold. I often find winter light much more forgiving and pleasant to work with than harsh summer sun. That said, I would happily return to Richmond because I only saw maybe a third of the park. Fingers crossed for more good conditions early next year.
How lovely, that Xmas tree by st Paul’s looks beautiful and I love the contrast between your Autumn and winter in one day. X
Thank you 🙂 The contrast is gone, it’s 100 % winter now…
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I am the same, I like to go to a same place at different seasons to see how the nature changes.
I’d love to see the park in its winter wonderland glory. I’d go again if the train drivers weren’t striking!