Monday, 22 August 2016
Along the River Thames and Hampton Court Park (Home Park)
I took the passenger ferry across the Thames from Hampton and walked along the river bank to Hampton Court. After a visit to the gardens it was then back along the River bank towards Kingston before turning off into Hampton Court Park (also known as Home Park).
Hampton Court Park, adjacent to Hampton Court Palace and Gardens is a royal park managed by the Historic Royal Palaces. In 2014, part of it was designated a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest together with Bushy Park and Hampton Court Golf Course.
It is a walled deer park of around 700 acres (280 ha), with a herd of fallow deer, and has been open to the public since 1894. The A308 road and the River Thames form its boundaries. North of the A308 is Bushy Park. The Royal Mews still graze some of their horses on the park in the summer.
The Long Water runs roughly eastward from the back of Hampton Court Palace and at the eastern end is the Golden Jubilee Fountain.