Greenwich Park

Entrance

Entrance

After the marathon on Sunday we made our way down to this gorgeous park.  Greenwich Park covers 73 hectares (183 acres) and is the oldest enclosed Royal Park.  Within this magnificent park – there is a huge rose garden (so gorgeous in the summer – not right now as the gardener has had to deadhead all the flowers for new buds to spring so all you get is a few sticks sticking out of the ground!) a deer enclosure, and loads and loads of trees, open spaces, wild grass and hills galore.

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Greenwich is the oldest of London’s deer parks and has been home to Red and Fallow Deer since it was enclosed. Originally they wandered around the whole area but over time the deer were moved away from the more popular sections of the Park until they were confined to The Wilderness, by the Flower Garden in the south east of the Park. There are paths leading to special viewpoints from which you can enjoy watching the herd of 16 fallow deer and 14 red deer.

There is also the Greenwich Observatory within the park and you can see where GMT started – the zero line (the Meridian), Its a trek up the hill to see the clock though – so make sure you have comfy shoes on! 🙂

rolling good time!

rolling good time!

Among the trees, you will find bats, and green parrots, who for some wonderful reason have decided to make Greenwich Park their home.  Squirrels aplenty here too – BG2 is constantly on the prowl (don’t worry she is way too slow to catch one of these speedy squirrels!)  I have heard there there are Tawny Owls that reside here too, but we haven’t seen any boo-hoo. Maybe we need to camp out at night but I’m a little scared of the dark (and the foxes). Teeheehee. 🙂

wide open spaces for the babies to run (ad sniff)

wide open spaces for the babies to run (ad sniff)

Here are the magnificent pictures we took from that day – was such a glorious sunny day too.  Such a lovely way to end marathon day – a stroll through a beautiful park.

then I tried to climb this hill - and thought I might have a heart Attucks - its steep!

then I tried to climb this hill – and thought I might have a heart Attucks – its steep!

Such lovely views across the river and London.

such views make Greenwich Park a national treasure

such views make Greenwich Park a national treasure

Queen Elizabeth's Oak

Queen Elizabeth’s Oak

Check this out:

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just beautiful!

just beautiful!

Greenwich park is quite hilly – and I love that there are twists and turns.  There are lovely flowers mixed with wild grasses in some parts, and some other parts are just neatly cut grass.  You will remember Greenwich Park being an Olympic Venue for the Equestrian Events.  The Park was closed for a long while and quite a lot of the grass was destroyed – they have (almost) restored it back to its former glory – just in time for summer!!

downhill, anyone?

downhill, anyone?

No, these are not for the dogs to jump over – these were put in just in case anyone fell – this would then break their fall – and believe you me, its a longgg way down.

The babies met so many new friends here too – all friendly dogs (though there was one dog who wouldn’t leave BG1 alone and as you know, BG1 is a grumpy fart sometimes, so he did the be-careful-im-grumpy-growl). 🙂

wowzer!

wowzer!

I am 100% certain that this Great Dane could jump those earlier fences though – he was so tall, legs comparable to the giraffe-legged sister me thinks! Haha!

In the heart of summer, you get loads of people playing Frisbee, football, cricket (they have a dedicated pitch), having picnics and just general happiness! Basically, you can’t get bored here.

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All in all, a beautiful day – see you soon Greenwich Park!

Love,

KimmyX

 

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