Richmond-upon-ThamesKingston Vale

Richkin one
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Distance

5km/3mi

Ascent

57m

Descent

61m

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Richmond-upon-Thames and Kingston Vale.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Richmond-upon-Thames and Kingston Vale.

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Richmond-upon-Thames
Grid RefTQ1805975193
Lat / Lon 51.46341° / -0.30190°
Easting / Northing518,059E / 175,193N
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Kingston Vale
Grid RefTQ2122572147
Lat / Lon 51.43536° / -0.25739°
Easting / Northing521,225E / 172,147N
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Richkin One's land is

Urban 100.0%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

Reviews


Mtormey

05 Jan 2022

I walked this route from Kingston Vale to Richmond on a January morning.

This route was really great. I loved that the route felt like it passed through a lot of different parts of Richmond Park and didn't just follow one "main path" while still being quite direct. Loved getting some views of London, too! The stretch through the residential area and on Richmond High Street were both quite lovely as well.

There was quite a bit of mud in Richmond Park, especially near the entrance by Kingston Vale. I'm sure you could re-route slightly and find a route that avoided much of the mud in particularly wet times.

Overall, I really really enjoyed this route!.


Jane Taylor

07 Aug 2021

Additional review to alert that part of this route across the Pen Ponds Causeway will be closed from 16th August - 4th October 2021 (dates subject to change) while the causeway is raised to cope with 'one in a thousand year' flooding. Maybe there will be a signposted diversion, otherwise refer to maps to steer around the closure, which will involve walking round the ponds.
Still a 5 star route!.


Jane Taylor

15 Jul 2021

Pleasant and direct route from Richmond station across Richmond Park to Kingston Vale. Walk uphill to one of the lesser known park gates, and across the park to Robin Hood Gate and the A3, with opportunities to see fantastic urban wildlife. On this walk I had to detour to avoid red stags on the path, saw two pairs of great crested grebes in the ponds, a small murmuration of starlings and a green woodpecker.
5 stars.

Richmond Park is usually open to pedestrians 24/7 (apart from during the twice yearly deer cull when gates are padlocked after dark) but unlit, so for most people this is going to be a daytime route.

Kingston Vale isn't really a destination as such, it's a connecting point where the longer Richmond - Wimbledon Slow Way crosses the Kingston - Putney Slow Way. The meeting point creates a bit of a dog leg for anyone joining two routes together, and can easily be skipped altogether by crossing the A3 directly outside Robin Hood gate to reach Wimbledon Common, rather than walking to the meeting point, then crossing the A3 by footbridge. However, the meeting point is (almost) at a small arcade of local shops, post office, Italian restaurant, so not without merit for anyone needing a pick-me-up coffee or ice cream.

Accessibility is generally good, no flights of steps. There is a steep rutted hill in the park (picture), and the road leading to/from the park gate at the Richmond end has so much clutter on the pavements there is no way anyone can walk/wheel on them - luckily it's a quiet road.
Road crossings are generally safe, although crossing the A305 at the corner of Sheen Road/Paradise Road needs care as there is no designated pedestrian crossing.
At another point, when crossing the B322 at St Matthias Church the route line doesn't pinpoint the best place to cross, maybe because there isn't one? Take care to ensure good sightlines.


Philipj8

29 Apr 2021

Lovely direct route. Major part of route is through Richmond Park so away from any traffic. Once outside Richmond Park at the Richmond end there is good use of side road which meant that this was an enjoyable walk.

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    Michael Stone

    08 May 2021

    Walking towards Kingston Vale the downhill stretch overlooking Pen Ponds is particularly attractive. Plenty of good onward routes from Kingston Vale across Wimbledon Common. One possible improvement would be to avoid walking through car heavy Richmond centre by using the rear entrance/exit to the station onto Church Road and using that to the point it links up with the suggested route.

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