About The Tour
Stunning views, London’s largest Royal Park, wonderful wildlife, charming narrow lanes, quaint shops and stunning homes, this walk through London’s leafy suburbs is an absolute delight.
Your walk begins in Wimbledon, home of the world famous All England Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club, which you can view as you wander across the lovely Wimbledon Park with your local expert British Tours guide. Continue onto Wimbledon Common, known by every British child of the 70’s as the home of the Wombles. Here you will pass an early 19th Century windmill, wander down scenic woodland trails and view beautiful lakes as you cross into London’s largest royal park, Richmond.
The Park has been home to herds of deer since its creation in the 17th Century and today you can still find herds of Red and Fallow Deer roaming through the grasslands, heather and bracken. Home to ancient trees, rare species of birds, grasses and wildflowers the Park is 2500 acres of natural beauty. As you cross the Park, you climb the gentle slopes that lead up to King Henry’s Mound, where it is said that Henry VIII stood to await the signal from the Tower of London, that his 2nd wife, Anne Boleyn had been executed. Even today the spectacular views from here stretch over central London to St Paul’s Cathedral over 10 miles away.
If you choose to have lunch in the grounds of a stunning Georgian Mansion, you can enjoy panoramic views in the other direction, down the Thames Valley as far as the Queen’s favourite residence, Windsor Castle or you could choose a pub beside the Village Green as you continue into Richmond itself and complete your tour in its charming narrow streets.
Don't forget to leave yourself time, to explore the array of delightful independent shops that your guide will show you, or to relax in a little paddle boat on the Thames. This walk is about 7 miles.