Queen Victoria herself rode in the park and recorded in her journal one “heavenly day” when she rode with her household and ministers from Buckingham Palace to Wandsworth, Wimbledon Common and on the Park, which she rode around before returning to the Palace. A distance of 22 miles!
We offer hacks morning, afternoon and evenings (Summer time only) with a number of specialized rides throughout the year. These include 2 ½ hour Bank Holiday hacks, early morning winter hacks, Summer evenings, Pimms hacks and wine hunts.
It takes just minutes to go riding in Richmond Park from our premises and we hack all year round.
For all those confident in walk, trot and canter, Kingston Riding Centre offers group hacks.
For those wanting that “personal touch” or hacking out for the first few times we offer private hacks.
For the more experienced rider, bigger and faster rides are offered.
- All riders wishing to hack with Kingston Riding Centre MUST be able to WALK/TROT/CANTER in a controlled and balanced manner.
- All new riders to Kingston Riding Centre who wish to hack in Richmond Park will be asked to complete a brief hack assessment prior to the hack to check riding ability and standard. If the rider does not pass the hack assessment, a suitable lesson or a part-refund will be offered.
- In addition we currently have a maximum weight limit of 11 1/2 stone.
Click to view the RICHMOND PARK – Opening and Closing Times
As well as some of the most glorious riding you can find just minutes from the heart of London, Richmond Park offers a chance to really get close to nature, within it’s protected boundaries.
The Park extends over some 2,360 acres and is a heritage landscape of National importance. It was enclosed as a Hunting Park by Charles I, who rode in the chase and it still retains many ingredients of a deer park. It was notified by English Nature as a site of special interest in 1992 and a National Nature Reserve.