Richmond Park & Wimbledon Common

Richmond Park

This walk takes you far away from the mad hustle and bustle of Britain's capital and in to a more familiar natural landscape. This walk is a fantastic getaway for anyone visiting the capital on a break. Starting at one underground station and finishing at another this walk is easily accessible for anyone from any part of London using public transport. The walk starts in the affluent Richmond borough before traversing both Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common to reach the end of the walk at Wimbledon railway station. Richmond Park is wide open expanse of meadows and woodland rich in fauna and full of wildlife. Wimbledon Common is a far older dark and secretive wooded affair steeped in history dating back to its iron age fort. The views to the city of London from Richmond park are also worth a mention, it is great to be so close yet so far from the rush of city life.

Route Directions

  1. This walk starts from Richmond Railway Station in London. Richmond Station is the terminus of both the Richmond Branch of the underground District Line and the overground North London Line. This makes it easily accessible from anywhere in London. The best way to plan your journey to the start of the walk would be to use the London Underground online maps available here.
  2. Exit Richmond Railway Station and head south down the A307 road known as The Quadrant. After two hundred metres turn left and head east down Sheen Road.
  3. Walk east along Sheen Road for two hundred and fifty metres and you will reach a junction with the main A305 road which then also becomes Sheen Road. Turn left and head east to north east along Sheen Road.
  4. Around six hundred metres along Sheen Road you will pass some stunning Almshouses to the left. A hundred metres on from the Almshouses you will reach the junction with Manor Road on the left and Queens Road to the right. Here cross Sheen Road so you are now on the south side of the road.
  5. Cross the junction and continue walking along Sheen Road for two hundred and fifty metres until you see signs to the right for the cemetery. Head right down the track which eventually skirts the east side of the cemetery and heads south through the wooded area of East Sheen Common.
  6. After six hundred metres the path will reach the Bog Gate entrance to Richmond Park. Head through the gate and out into this beautiful and quiet corner of Richmond Park known as The Bog.
  7. Go straight on and head south across The Bog. You will cross another path, carry straight on in the same direction passing Bog Lodge on your left and head towards the often busy Sawyers Hill road following the same trajectory.
  8. Eventually you will reach the top of Sawyers Hill. Cross over the road to the benches and sit and take in the views to the north and north east of the city. In view you can see Buckingham Palace, The London Eye, Telecom Tower, The Gherkin and far as the Wembley Arch to the north.
  9. From the top of Sawyers Hill head directly south east along a stony track which heads down hill in a straight line to the Pen Ponds. The path passes between the two large ponds and eventually reaches a road and car park.
  10. Cross the road and follow the footpath which heads south east across the field for a kilometre eventually reaching the road again at the busy park entrance of Robin Hood Gate where there is a handy toilet block.
  11. Go through Robin Hood Gate and cross the busy A308 trunk road. The pelican crossing here is well designed and has made a safe crossing for walkers.
  12. Enter Wimbledon Common on the other side of the trunk road and cross a playing field to reach a stone bridge over Beverley Brook.
  13. There are several ways to traverse the common so you could plan your on route. I will just details the one that I took.
  14. Cross the bridge, turn right and head south along the path keeping the brook to your right and the playing field to your left. Once the path reaches the other end of the playing field it split. Keep to the path to the right still hand-railing the eastern side of the brook.
  15. Last time I was here Beverley Brook, which has been improved massively over recent decades, was surprisingly teeming with Trout and Salmon, some large too so look out for them.
  16. Keep on the brook side path as it winds its way through some fantastic woodland. After about half a kilometre you will reach another stone bridge. Here head left up the Robin Hood Road bridleway.
  17. Keep on the Robin Hood Road bridleway heading straight and uphill in an east to south easterly direction through woodlands for a kilometre until you reach the car park at the end of Sunset Road by the golf course.
  18. Once you reach the car park head down Sunset Road through the golf course. When you reach the end of the road head right round the school along Camp Road. You will then reach the Fox & Grapes pub where you could stop for refreshments.
  19. After the pub stay on the road until you reach the heaths. Here take the path that traverses the heaths. You will cross the minor Cannizaro Road which dissects the heaths then cross the final heath and pass its small lake on your right.
  20. Once you reach the far east side of the heaths head left down Southside Common road to reach the main A219 road.
  21. At the main A219 road turn right and head along the High Street until you reach a mini roundabout. Here turn right sticking to the same footpath. Keep walking for another hundred and fifty metres until you reach another mini roundabout.
  22. At this roundabout go straight ahead and descend the steep Wimbledon Hill Road. After less than a kilometre you will reach the town centre and Wimbledon Railway Station is on the left hand side.
  23. There are plenty of pubs, cafe shops and restaurants along Wimbledon High Street for food and drink at the end of the walk.

Maps for this walk

Paper maps for this walk

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GPS files for this walk

Route map of this walk

Photos & Trip Reports

Planning for a walk

Check the weather

The weather is a very important part of hill walking. Weather conditions and daylight hours will dictate where you walk, what gear you will need to carry, how far you walk, and may even decide if you go at all. The following links will help you gather information on weather conditions for areas of Britain...

Plan your journey

Planning your journey before you set off for your walk can save you vital hours on the day. You need to make sure you know the area surrounding your starting point as many factors can influence or change the place you park. Don't forget change for parking meters and fees.

Maintenance of your vehicle and being ready for breakdown situations when driving to remote areas is also vital. Pack a full spare petrol can in your boot, and take de-icing tools in winter, including a shovel. The Transport Direct website below is a great resource for anyone wanting to get to the start of their walk using public transport...

Pack the right gear

Carrying and wearing the right gear is essential for walkers to remain comfortable and safe while hill walking in Britain. However, the best gear in the world is of no use to anyone who doesn't know how to use and care for it. Knowing how to use your gear will give you a much more enjoyable experience. The following items are, in my opinion, the essential items to wear and carry for a hill walk in Britain. It would be foolish to head into the hills and mountains of Britain without these essential items and the knowledge of how to use them. Check out the gear section of this site for techniques and gear lists...

  • Footwear
  • Clothing
  • Rucksack
  • Warm Clothes
  • Waterproofs
  • Map & Compass
  • Emergency Kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Food & Drink
  • Seasonal Gear

Know what to do in emergencies

It is good practise to tell someone where you are going, and when you expect to return. If you don't get in contact when you said you would on your return, and those you told can't get hold of you, at least they will be able to provide the search party with your general location.

Emergency equipment in the check list above means items such as a survival bag, whistle, and emergency food rations. This isn't anything special; any whistle will do, the orange emergency bags only costs a few pounds, and basic food rations can consist of a couple of chocolate bars. Carrying a head lamp is also an important component and a vital piece of kit used for signalling when you require rescuing.

You should always try and get out of a difficult or emergency situation using your own gear, knowledge and energy. If you cannot do this, then you should dial 999 and ask for the police. Use all the gear you have to keep any unwell or injured members of your party or yourself safe and warm, and use your signalling devices to let the rescuers know your whereabouts. To do this blow six good long blasts on your whistle, or flash six flashes of your torch. Stop for one minute. Repeat. Carry on with the whistle blasts until someone reaches you, and don't stop because you've heard a reply.

Never contact mountain rescue unless absolutely necessary, but on the other hand don't ever feel guilty for having to do so, especially if you are a prepared walker. The Mountain Rescue teams are full of fantastic like-minded souls who love nothing more than people who are prepared for being safe in the mountains.