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Posted:  Monday 15 January 2018

South East Associates
Hampton Court Walk

- Wednesday 5th December -

On a dull overcast day at the beginning of December seventeen Associates, partners and friends met at the car park in Bushy Park, which is in the borough of Richmond upon Thames adjacent to Hampton Court Palace and some 12 miles south west of central London, for a 5-mile festive frolic through parkland, Hampton Court Gardens and the Thames towpath to Kingston upon Thames.

Hampton Court Palace and Bushy Park were built in 1515 by Cardinal Wolsey, a favourite of Henry VIII, but in 1529 Wolsey fell from favour and the King seized the palace for himself and later enlarged it.

Along with St James Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many owned by King Henry VIII.  Today it is open to the public and consists of the main house, formal gardens, and parkland.

After a short walk across the park we entered Hampton Court grounds and took the opportunity to watch some ice skating on the temporary festive ice rink and to partake of a quick coffee break.

Leaving the grounds we headed onto the towpath and continued by the River Thames for some three miles, passing the formal Hampton Court Gardens and parkland that took us up to Kingston Bridge and our lunch stop at the White Hart Hotel where we were joined by an additional partner.

After a very welcome and enjoyable lunch we continued on our way and returned via Bushy Park, and a couple of friendly deer, above, to our cars.

Chris. Stanley

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