Photo of Pen Ponds by Anne Ross
Wednesday 12th October 2016 – Earth Science Week Geotrail around Richmond Park led by members of the London Geodiversity Partnership
Meet 10.30am in the Car Park Kingston Gate TQ 193 706 (nearest station is Norbiton, which is a 15-minute walk)
In an urban environment it is often difficult to ‘see’ the geology beneath our feet. This is also true within our open spaces. In Richmond Park there is not much in the way of actual rocks to be seen but it is an interesting area geologically as several different rock types occur there. We will take clues from the landscape to see what lies beneath. Richmond Park affords fine views to both west and east which will throw a wider perspective on the geology of London.
The walk will begin and end at the Kingston Gate Car Park and the route will be via The King’s Mound and over the plateau to the view point just to the north of Thatched Cottage Lodge. From there we will take the metalled path beside the road to the Ham Gate crossing, then along the ridge to Pembroke Lodge for lunch. After lunch we will go to the view point of King Henry VIII mound and then pick up the Capital Ring to Pen Ponds. We cross between the ponds and make for the Peg’s Pond entrance of Isabella Plantation. We will exit at the High Wood exit and make our way from there back to the Kingston Gate Car Park at approximately 4.30pm. Participants will be able to leave the walk whenever it suits them.
The walk is supported by the Friends of Richmond Park and is free, there is no need to book.