The largest of the Royal Parks, Richmond Park is a vast green space which has changed very little over the centuries.
Even today, the landscape of hills, woodland gardens and grasslands gives a taste of medieval England and a haven for visitors to relax and connect with nature.
Richmond Park is home to 650 roaming deer and as you wander through the ancient trees, you may spot antlers through the bracken. The Isabella Plantation, the ornamental woodland garden is also a feature during any time of the year. For whatever reason you visit Richmond Park, you’ll take away memories to last a lifetime.
Richmond Park: Presented by Sir David Attenborough
Our course within the stunning surroundings of Richmond Park is one of the highlights of Descente London Duathlon and RUN10 - we've been holding the event here since 2005 and we feel very lucky and priviledged, it's a wonderful location!
But don't just take our word for it... Sir David Attenborough agrees! As patron of Friends of Richmond Park, which was founded over 50 years ago to conserve and protect London's largest Royal Park, Sir David has presented and narrated a new film exploring the beauty of the park and its inhabitants. The film highlights the importance of preserving the park, and will give you a fantastic picture of what you'll be seeing around the course, along with lots more about the park's flora and fauna.
You can watch the film now via the Friends of Richmond Park YouTube channel.
Deer & Dog Warning
For hundreds of years Richmond Park has been home to herds of Red and Fallow deer, currently numbering more than 600.
They may stay well away from the race route, however, given that they are not averse to crossing the road when cars are travelling along the road, they will not consider cyclists and runners an insurmountable obstacle.
Competitors must give way to the deer. In the event that they do choose to cross in front of you, give way and do not attempt to move them on more quickly, as they may react aggressively if they feel threatened.
Equally you need to be aware of dogs which may be off their leads. The landscape of hills, woodland gardens and grasslands gives a taste of medieval England and a haven for visitors to relax and connect with nature.
Message from the Friends of Richmond Park
Welcome to Richmond Park, National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and European Special Area of Conservation. We hope you enjoy the Duathlon, and find time to enjoy the majesty of this 350 year-old Park – home to 130,000 trees and numerous rare species of beetles, bats, butterflies, spiders, fungi, birds, bees and wasps.
While you're with us:
- Watch out for the 600+ deer: they’re wild – and potentially dangerous at this time of year as the rut is just starting. So they may not give way to you. And please avoid the temptation to feed them, or, birds & the other animals;
- Please be super-careful with all litter, however small. Not just things like Energy Gel packs but their tear-offs too – they kill deer; There is a disqualification rule for anyone littering in the event and only gel sachets with non-removable tops are permitted in the event
- Do cycle on roads & cycle tracks (shown on the maps) – but not XC, that’s for walking;
- Help us protect the trees – all 130,000 of them. This is a leading UK site where oaks, and others, can be over 500 years old and have great historic importance;
- And watch out for the ant hills… they’re a feature of the very rare Acid Grasslands in the Park, and are of special ecological importance.
Do encourage your friends and family to visit Richmond Park – but please persuade them to leave the banners and noisy things like clackers at home. Help us keep Richmond Park serene and peaceful: “Leave nothing, take nothing away”
The Friends of Richmond Park exists to conserve and protect Richmond Park for future generations. With patrons including Sir David Attenborough, we fund conservation projects, organise walks, talks and events for young people, and publish The Guide to Richmond Park and Family Trails in Richmond Park. Join us or volunteer at www.frp.org.uk
The deer in Richmond Park can attract ticks. Ticks are small creatures that feed on the blood of animals, and sometimes people, and can spread a bacterial infection called Lyme Disease. Whilst human infection is very uncommon, it is important to familiarise yourself with the signs and symptoms so that you can seek medical treatment if necessary. Read our handy guide here.