The second largest of London’s eight Royal Parks, Bushy Park is 10 miles west of the city, near Richmond Park. Accessible by train. A popular running route in Bushy Park is the 10k ‘perimeter’ loop — a mixture of pavement and trails, with a mix of woods, gardens, ponds and grassland. There are also some woodland gardens, which are great for morning run. Deer herd spottings are likely! Sights include ‘Chestnut Avenue’, a formal Baroque water garden and the beautiful Diana Fountain.
In the adjacent and quieter Home Park, run along the side of the impressive Hampton Court Palace.
Fun facts: Bushy Park is the local training route of 4 times Olympic Champion Mo Farah. It’s also the site of the original Parkrun.
Good Add-On: Richmond Park, 1.5 miles east. Use Hampton Court Rd./Horse Fair to cross the Thames, then King’s Rd. to connect.
- Perimeter Loop is 6.1 miles (10 km). Many additional trails
- Perimeter loop is 75 feet (23)
- Parking Lot or Hampton Wick train stop
- Train: Hampton Wick