Today I went to Richmond Park with my friend Thea to get away from the hustle and bustle of central London for a while. We were going to take the tube, but the District Line was suspended at South Kensington, so we decided to take the overland train from Waterloo instead. It was a wise choice as it only took about 1/2 an hour to get there, which meant we had plenty of time to explore the great outdoors and take in the amazing beauty Richmond Park has to offer!
The park itself is huge, so we only saw a small portion of it on our walk. Never-the-less, the landscapes were a feast for the eyes. On King Henry's Hill we looked through a telescope and a hole in the shrubs to see a breathtaking view of St Paul's Cathedral 10 miles away, unobstructed by any tall buildings. There were fields of dry heather, wild deer, lakes, and of course plenty of gorgeous trees shedding leaves in a myriad of autumnal colors. I think the park would look absolutely stunning in the winter when there is snow, or any time, really.
It was quite cold outside today, but I think the chilly weather gave everything a little something extra. his is one place I know I'll be returning to. A bit of countryside does a mind and spirit good.