Hampton Court to Kingston via Bushy and Home Parks.

Wed 10th Jun 2015

Walk Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Southern England
Local Group
Start Time
Start Hampton Court Stn

(Waterloo 17.36). Cross over bridge to Hampton Court and wander around the free bits. Proceed to Bushy Park and visit Woodland Gardens and the Water Gardens. Last stretch in Home Park to finish in Kingston (hostelries, trains)

General Notes
Sorry, no dogs

Entry Details:


Walk Report

Hampton Court to Kingston, Wednesday 10th June 2015
8 walkers, 7 miles - leaders Gail & John Elrick
On leaving Hampton Court Station we entered the Palace Grounds admiring the roses and then passed into the tranquillity of the new Kitchen Gardens. Exiting Hampton Court via the Lion Gate we passed into Bushy Park where we immediately spotted the first group of deer of the evening. This proved to be just welcoming party, except for the Woodland Garden where both deer and dogs are forbidden (to their mutual frustration) we saw deer everywhere!
Passing through the aforementioned gardens we reached the newly restored Water Gardens and then took a route to view the site of the hut occupied by Eisenhower when Bushy Park become the location for the planning of the WW2 D Day Landings. By now the Park was looking extremely attractive with the rich summer sun starting to set and casting a rich glow over everything. Leaving the Park we headed for our final destination, the Weatherspoon pub in Kingston. On arrival we were rather surprised to be confronted by a very fierce lady Bouncer who firmly pointed us to the correct door for entry. There we were met by a slightly less fierce, but bigger, male bouncer. We were duly interrogated, but finally allowed entry!
Photographs by Roderick Smith



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