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"Where cows may gently graze!" Top 5 Page for this destination Richmond Off The Beaten Path Tip by diosh

Richmond Off The Beaten Path: 15 reviews and 27 photos

  Petersham Meadows
by diosh

These meadows are beside the river Thames, a short stroll from the town centre, along a path that will eventually take you to Teddington Lock, taking in Ham House on the way.Teddington is the last lock on the Thames, from here on the Thames is non-tidal to its source.
Cows have been grazing here for many years.There used to be a commercial dairy,Hornby and Clarke's, based at the farm, and milk was delivered around Richmond, from a horse-drawn cart! The cows are herded into the Petersham Farm at night, but are free to roam around the meadows during the day.One can walk through the meadows, amongst the cows, avoiding the 'pats', past the farm and into the churchyard of the famous St. Peter's church.Vancouver is buried in the graveyard here.( you Canadians might know that already!).
If you carry on walking, past the church and cross the Petersham Road, you can take the pedestrian entrance into Richmond Park and climb the hill, up to Pembroke Lodge.Before crossing the road, there is a lovely traditional pub, The Dysart, where one can have a pint, or 6, and enjoy the good food on offer.The garden of the pub has heaters, at the front, so it's still quite pleasant sitting there in the winter, looking at the view of the Park.
Back to the cows again--!

Strolling through the fields, one can hardly believe this is part of London!
The fields flood occassionally at high tide, but there is a path that runs along side the river, that is raised above water level-so you don't get your feet wet!

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  • Updated Jan 21, 2005
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