About Richmond Park
Richmond Park is the largest Royal Park in London at almost 2,500 acres. The park features many ways to get out, active and in nature.
Sports in Richmond Park
Richmond Park is a great place for horse riding
. There are several local stables that ride in the park and for more information go to the Richmond Park website, http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/richmond_park/sport.cfm
. The rugby field is also used by the Ham Polo Club
for training. The club also uses the field for the occasional polo match.
There is a specific section of Richmond Park (the grassland to the north of the Roehampton Gate) that is maintained for rugby. There are three adult pitches that are available during the winter. On the weekends, the pitches are hired for the Rosslyn Park Rugby Football Club. There are no facilities for changing in Richmond Park, but the club buses teams to and from the park pitches.
Cycling is also a big activity in Richmond Park. There are designated paths, as well as in every Royal Park, cycling is allowed on every road. There are flat paths for the leisurely ride, to hilly paths for the avid cyclist. There is also a cycle hire for those not wanting to bring their own bicycle.
There are also two 18-hole golf courses and 16-bay driving range for the golf enthusiast or anyone that just wishes to play a round or two. The golf courses are used for both ‘pay and play’ and for golfing clubs.
If looking for something else, there is power kiting available. Power kiting is when an individual is pulled along by a kite in a kite buggy or standing on a landboard. There are spaces all over the park to power kite. There are classes taught by instructors all year round, so everyone is welcome to come learn.
The many open, grassy areas are perfect for informal games of football, roller skiing, touch rugby or ultimate frisbee. Grab a group of friends and get out and active.