Cities don’t really just stop. It’s very rare you go from urban sprawl to countryside in the blink of an eye, it usually peters out. Not in Richmond along the Thames. You literally follow the path from busy urban area…to a field with cows in.
And it is lovely.
Last night I met up with Beki for a casual run along the river in Richmond. Originally we’d decided to do 5 miles, with 3 faster miles in the middle. However, with both of us feeling niggles in our knees we decided to play it safe, and enjoy the scenery and company with a couple of slowish miles along the towpath.
It looked like it was going to rain throughout our run, but somehow we lucked out and it stayed dry. It also meant that the towpath was quite empty except for a handful of other runners and cyclists. It was so beautiful, it felt like we’d left London completely, it was so quiet and peaceful.
We ran 2 miles out then turned around for the 2 miles back to Richmond (plus the extra mile I ran to the river, making it 5 in total!). On the map it actually only looks like it would be a further 2 miles to Kingston- would be a lovely run one weekend!
Looks lovely, I live in Brighton so I’m lucky enough to have the sea to run by, and the beautiful undercliff path on the way to Rottingdean is my favourite route as there’s less people and no crowds on the beach.
That sounds lovely! I’d love to run along the beach!
Great post Charlie! And thanks for the run 🙂 x
you too! looking forward to the next one x
I live in States and enjoy getting to know London and the English countryside through your blog!
Thanks! Glad you like it!
Sounds lovely. I live in London too and am always looking for some greenery to make me feel I’m in the country… going to run to Crystal Palace Park tomorrow for my fix 🙂
Awesome, hope it went well!