This is a 10 kilometre (6.2 miles) hike accompanied by Maisie the dog through heaths, commons, woods and parkland of SW London. The trail is 80% off-road; you are guided through natural conserved habitats that will make you feel like you are a hundred miles from the city. There is a high chance of spotting wild Red Deer and Fallow Deer along the way. The walk starts at Putney railway station (15 minute train journey from Waterloo) and terminates at Richmond Station (District Line and Overground). Within 10 minutes we are off-road and in woodland, and we continue through spectacular ancient woods and conserved parkland. We pass by ponds, rivers and monuments, taking in the trees and wildlife along the way. Coffee, snacks and toilets are available at a half-way.
We cover the tranquil conserved natural habitats of Putney Heath, Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, taking in rivers, ponds, woodland forests and open heath. We pass Richmond Hill with spectacular views over the winding River Thames, finishing in Richmond town with its historic and characterful cafes and pubs, shops and railway station.
Comfortable hiking shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather.
This activity requires no experience or language competence, just a moderate level of fitness and an eagerness to escape from the city for a few hours of open spaces and relative tranquillity.