Meet 11am at Willesden Junction station (on Station Approach).
The largest Royal Park in London, Richmond Park is a landscape with nature reserves encapsulating great ponds, striking plantations, woodlands, hills, grasslands and 700-year old trees. There'll be a chance to get close to some of the 600 free roaming deer. And to see the protected view of St Paul's Cathedral.
From Richmond Hill we'll see the majestic view which inspired William Wordsworth to write:
"Fame tells of groves – from England far away – Groves that inspire the Nightingale to trill ... For I have heard the quire of Richmond hill..."
Lunch options include eating at a café or take a picnic.
We'll take a nice route through Acton, Ravenscourt Park, returning through Ealing. There will be the option to return by London Overground from Richmond station.
The round trip will be approx 18 miles. At a leisurely pace the ride will be suitable for all riders. Some paths in the park are gravelly and may be unsuitable for thin road tyres. Bring LIGHTS. Hopefully will be back by 6pm.