A wide range of sports are available in Richmond Park, from informal kickabouts to horse-riding to club rugby.
Informal sport in the Park
At weekends and during holiday periods, the park frequently attracts visitors for informal sports. For many, the extent of sporting activity during their visit is limited to a kickabout with a football or a game of French cricket before or after a picnic. For others, the attraction is the network of roads and designated paths for cycling.
In season, the wooded areas and hill climbs in the park offer unrivalled opportunities this close to Central London for orienteering and cross-country running.
The park is open from 7am in the summer, and 7.30am in winter, closing at dusk all year round. Call 0300 061 2200 for more information.
Plan a day's sport
Perhaps you'd like to play a game of rugby. A section of the grassland to the north of the Roehampton Gate is maintained and laid out for rugby and accommodates 3 adult pitches.
At weekends, this area is hired extensively to Rosslyn Park Rugby Football Club. The club buses visiting teams to and from the park pitches from its nearby clubhouse and changing rooms.
There are opportunities for horse riding in the park through a number of local stables.
If you prefer to provide your own propulsion, Richmond Park offers an interesting and varied cycling experience, from the flattest roads to hilly climbs for the more dedicated pedal pusher.
Others may wish to head toward the two 18-hole golf courses, together with a 16-bay driving range, a large Pro shop, and clubroom with changing facilities. In addition, there is a car park and a nearby café
There are two 18-hole courses, used for both 'pay and play' and for golf clubs and societies. There is a 16-bay driving range and a large pro shop (+44 (0)20 8876 3205).
Call +44 (0)20 8876 1795 for information and booking.
Improving Golf in Richmond Park
One of the best pay-and-play golf courses in London and the south-east is set to get better. Find out more about the improvements from Glendale Golf.
A section of the grassland to the north of the Roehampton Gate is maintained and laid out with 3 adult pitches (winter only).
This area is hired to Rosslyn Park Rugby Football Club. If you are interested in playing, please contact the club directly on +44 (0)20 8876 6044 - NB There are no facilities for changing or showering on site.
Fitness and Personal Training Groups
Be pulled along by a kite while sitting in a kite buggy or standing on a landboard. This fast growing sport is taught by qualified instructors year round in the grassy spaces of Richmond Park.
For more information, please visit the Kitevibe website or call +44 (0) 20 7870 7700 or +44 (0) 7866 430 979.