In the 17th century, when plague forced London to lockdown, King Charles I relocated his frolicking court to Richmond Park. This majestic spot still feels like an escape from the crowds. The park’s 10km loop is a cult cycling destination, with sweeping views over the Thames Valley and a climb that is sure to test your thighs. Look out for wild deer that often come strangely close (introduced by the aforementioned monarch) and bright green parakeets. Start and end with a coffee at Collici’s Cafe and repeat the lap as many times you like.
How to follow the route
We recommend a free app called BikeGPX (no login required).
Once installed, follow the link below to access the route.
Alternatively you can download the gpx file and use it in a cycling app.
Ride with GPS and Strava are great but you will need a subscription.
You can also view the route on Google Maps (but this option cannot be used for point-to-point navigation).
Please cycle responsibly: always wear a helmet and remember to account for the distance of the journey. It’s also good to have the map downloaded, in case you lose signal while on the road.
Make sure you can safely attach your phone to your bike – you can find holders online here - and remember to focus on your surroundings as well as the screen.