This is the 6th section of the 78 miles (125 km) long Capital Ring. Most of the walks of The Capital Ring are through London’s green spaces. If you plan to walk all sections, I recommend this guidebook by Colin Saunders. This 6th walk of 7.3 miles (11.8 km) is another one of my top 3 Capital Ring walks. This walk is a stunning walk through Wimbledon Park, the exquisite Wimbledon Common, and the wonderful Richmond Park. The route starts at Wimbledon Park station and finishes at Richmond station. The entire route is well waymarked.
The route starts at Wimbledon Park station and soon enters Wimbledon Park. Crossing Wimbledon Park via the bank of Wimbledon Park Lake, you exit the park into Wimbledon Park Road. A set of residential streets will lead to an entrance into the wooded Putney Heath and subsequently into Wimbledon Common.
Having reached the western side of Wimbledon Common, a footbridge and a crossing of the busy Kingston Vale will lead you to a gate to enter Richmond Park. In Richmond park the route is fairly straight, passing in between the Pen Ponds, then turning towards Pembroke Lodge and follow a ridge with beautiful views as you decent towards Petersham and reach the Thames bank. Heading north, following the river, you will soon reach Richmond. Just beyond Richmond bridge, turn away from the Thames towards Richmond Green and continuing onwards to Richmond station, where this walk ends.