22.11.14

A Walk Amongst the Stags



Where I currently live I am really, very lucky. It was hard for me to leave Norfolk again, to wake up to noisy sparrows dancing in the hedgerow, to constantly bump into old school friends in town, to take a short drive and have miles and miles of coast to walk up and down. But I have all that during trips home, and in the mean time the expanse of South West London's common lands have just the same appeal in a slightly more cultivated way.


One afternoon of late, during The Great Rains of Early November (official title), the clouds parted and we took our chances, packing a rucksack full of hot chocolate and bourbons before heading out with Maddie, who was verrrrrry excited to be asked on this, our latest expedition. I shan't romanticise our walk out much more than that. Yes, the leaves crunched under our feet, yes wooly jumpers were worn, but it didn't take long for the wind to pick up, and as such my dressing like I was in a Barbour campaign worked decidedly against me as my toes froze and eyes wept from the cold. The bourbons were still good though...


From where our little cabin is positioned we need only cross one road and then it's woods and streams all the way to Richmond Park through Wimbledon Common. It's a good ol' trek, about two hours in total and best done in wellies so you can squelch in as many muddy bogs as your heart desires.



Please excuse my wet knees, I was channeling David Attenborough when attempting to creep up on the deer in 'stealth photographer mode'. I have been called many things in life, but 'graceful' isn't one of them, as such I wasn't fooling the 'Bambi's' or 'Bambi Dad's' (again, technical terms), they were on high alert and promptly stampeded away from me.



A refuelling was much needed, more to thaw out our fingers over anything else.

Richmond Park is fiercely protected, and it's easy to see why. Besides the obvious appeal of handsome stags strutting around, the Park itself is full of wildlife and constantly provides you with moments that draw you into a fuller sense of existence with the world. For some, being immersed in a busy and vibrant city does the job, for others it's having a good traipse in the woods with cold cheeks and a warm heart.


Forest tones are a favourite all year round, so it's these few months that I actually look like I've co-ordinated my outfit for the season.

If you're not located in South West London, Richmond Park is easily accessed by Richmond station. Richmond is a treat in and of itself, so get yourself outside and visit the stags whilst their antlers are still sharp and the trees are still orange.

22 comments:

  1. beautiful, beautiful pictures. So glad I found your blog.

    Stephanie @ Petite Pastels

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  2. I must get to Richmond, I don't live that far away.....added to the list, stags.....here I come!!

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    1. Oh you must! You might not come across them on the first visit but make sure you get down before they start the cull as they're understandably hard to find afterwards!
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  3. These photos are so so so beautiful! Thank you for sharing them :)

    http://www.skinnybelle.com/

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  4. I love Richmond Park! We went during the summer but I would love to go again now it is a bit chillier, we live nearby too so no excuse! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. It has a very different vibe in Autumn/Winter - there's a lot more wildlife around as well :)
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  5. Gorgeous! All those years living in Wimbledon and it never occurred to me that I might be able to do a nice long walk to Richmond Park .. the few times I went I hopped on the train - doh! Think I missed out there!

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    1. I only knew because I live with a lifetime-local who has a very energetic dog and a good knowledge of the area! Next time!
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  6. Gorgeous photos, I have been to Richmond park a couple of times and I love it. I want to go back soon, if only I lived down south! xx

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    1. Thanks Sarah!
      It's such a good place to while away a few hours - there's also a really lovely old manor house in the middle which does great cake, so it's worth the hike!
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  7. i love Richmond Park! My sister and I come here (and to Bushey Park too) to take pictures of the deer. It's stunning.

    The Awkward Blog

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    1. The deer are so beautiful - very majestic! I've not been to Bushey Park - I'll have to go :)

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  8. Gorgeous pictures, thanks for sharing!

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  9. Despite only living a brief train ride away I have never walked amongst those stags! I shall put it on the 2015 bucket list for sure, along with the hot chocolate and biscuits! ;) looks like a good way to blow away the cobwebs! x

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    1. Oh yes you definitely should! There's lots of fallen trees and benches to have a picnic and hot drink on :) I had pink cheeks for hours afterwards so it definitely blew away the cobwebs!
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  10. What a beautiful post! I love getting out for a good walk, such a brilliant opportunity to clear your head. Hot chocolate sounds perfect when it's that cold, a well earned treat after a proper route march!

    Heather x
    http://heatherrrrm.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you for reading! It definitely works a treat for clearing my head, little life worries seem insignificant after a good traipse around :)

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  11. Oh it looks so lovely and wintery! It's making me wish we were heading into the cozy months instead of the Aussie summer! Love your pictures - so beautiful! And those stags are huge! Looks like a lovely place to visit!

    Carly xo

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    1. Oh yes I'd find it so strange if the weather warmed up around now! Thank you for reading! I did get stupidly close to the stags, but they looked so awesome I couldn't help it! They definitely got grumpy trying to protect their ladies!
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