Stepping through the gate into Richmond Park, you are transported into a whole new world. It’s a lot like the Chronicles of Narnia, when you step through the cupboard. Leaving behind streets with neat rows of townhouses, you are suddenly transported into the country, with rolling hills, wooded areas and ponds. If not for the cars travelling on the roads that criss-cross the Park, you would think yourself in a remote and isolated place.
It looks naturally overgrown that it’s hard to imagine the Park was actually planned and planted. The Park was enclosed during the time of Henry VIII, and deer introduced so that the king could go hunting. You can still see deer in the Park, though you would be well advised not to go too close. Though adorable and cute, they are not “Bambi” and patting deer is not recommended. You are liable to get kicked in the head instead.
Richmond Park is one of eight protected views of London. At Henry VII’s Mound, you can actually see the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. There is a telescope there for a closer view. From the Mound, it is 10 miles to St Paul’s. What’s important to note is that this view is protected by an Act of Parliament, which means that nothing may obstruct this view. The trees, along the entire line of view, are clipped back to ensure this view is not obscured. It also means that developers may not build any buildings that obscure this view from Richmond Park.
For more information and to find the locations of other protected views ….