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The Mute Swan and Bushy Park Walk

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Bushy Park

The Mute Swan and Bushy Park Walk is a 4.9 mile loop trail located near Richmond upon Thames, London, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 301 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

Wildlife

Pub walk

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Getting There

A circular pub walk from the Mute Swan at Hampton Court. The Mute Swan is beautifully located for lunch with family, friends or work colleagues, or a relaxing drink and a bite of supper after a busy day's exploring. The walking route follows a loop through the adjacent Bushy Park, the second largest of London's Royal Parks. Enjoy the long tree-lined avenues, open parkland and the more formal water gardens plus meet the herds of fallow and red deer that roam freely within the park. The walk is almost entirely flat and there are no stiles or steps to negotiate, just one kissing gate (which can be avoided by using the adjacent vehicle gate) and a couple of gates into the water gardens. The paths are a mixture of tarmac and sand/stone surfaced path plus one section along a wide grass track. All the paths stay quite firm for most of the year. The park is open during daylight hours. The water gardens (which can be excluded from the walk if necessary) are closed on Mondays (except Bank Holiday weeks when they are open on Monday and closed on Tuesday). The park has free roaming red and fallow deer so take care with children and keep dogs under close control. The deer can become aggressive towards dogs in the rutting (Sep and Oct) and birthing (May to July) seasons, so the park authority recommend not taking dogs into the park at these times for your own safety. Allow 2 to 2.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes from the Mute Swan pub on Palace Gate, Hampton Court, East Molesey, Surrey - directly opposite the Hampton Court Gates. Approximate post code KT8 9BN. If you are arriving by car there are a few pay and display bays (max stay 4 hours) directly outside the pub. Alternatively you can park in one of the free car parks within Bushy Park. If you are traveling by train the nearest station is Hampton Court which is just south of the river if you“ come out of the station and cross over the river bridge where you'll find the Mute Swan on the left hand side, before the roundabout.

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Elena T
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Great walk, I highly recommend it. I haven't seen any markings, but there was no need - easy to follow. Everywhere open space, no shade. The deer come close - great bonus. The trail is easy, flat, perfect size for a couple of hours.

Karine Bernard
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Hiking

Easy, friendly, lovely. Stroll in the park!

Michele Dodd
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Hiking

Really nice walk - walking on made up paths so not too muddy. Lots to see - deer, kestrels, water birds, water gardens etc. Thoroughly recommend this walk. Plan to return in the summer. The Mute Swan very welcoming and dog friendly.

Liz McCaughey
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Hiking

Flat but peaceful. Lots of variations (side tracks) from route. Having a bike would be better as more of the park can be done. A lovely easy trial with beautiful Hampton Court nearby. And various other trails in the area.

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Mario Rosenmayer
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1st time in Bushy Park great walk especially all the Wildlife was great, I'll definitely be there again soon.

Sophi Moran
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sian r.
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Boon K.
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Jordan Christie
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Susana Araújo
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Will Smyth
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Craig Bryant
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Jessica Fletcher
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Chris Ktorides
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Gunita Piene
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Daniel Gregory
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Jenny Seelan
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Richard Cusden
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Louis Barker
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Wendy Barker
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Paula Stapleton
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Dan P
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Pippa Mckeown
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Rachael Rance
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Sarah Hendry
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john john
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