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Bushy Park

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Among the Royal Parks of London, Bushy Park is the second largest. It lies on the north side of Hampton Court Palace.

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Within the park, there are about 320 free-roaming deer. People can bike on the roads and there are areas of rough grass upon which horse riding is allowed.

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Children can enjoy the playground made just for them and for refreshments there is a cafe which offers hot and cold snacks as well as ice cream and a choice of beverages.

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Within Bushy Park is the Longford River which is a 19-kilometer canal that was once built for Charles I of England in order to provide water to Hampton Court and the park also has several ponds.

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The park’s main roadway is known as Chestnut Avenue and it runs from Park Road in Teddington all the way up to the Lion Gate entrance of Hampton Court Palace. Ever since the mid 19th century up to WW II everyone in London came to the park to celebrate Chestnut Sunday and delight in the chestnut trees which bloom along Chestnut Avenue.

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The highlight of Chestnut Avenue is the famous Arethusa Diana Fountain which is surrounded by a pool.

Besides chestnut trees, the park is one of the best sites in London for mistletoe.

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The lovely and amazing Upper Lodge Water Gardens have been restored. Now once again you can walk the pathways and delight in the cascading water.

The park has several sports clubs. There are also ponds for fishing and model boating. People go horseback riding and there are formal tree plantations and other plants, wildlife conservation areas and herds of Red and Fallow deer.

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Along the Longford River, you can see small populations of Water Voles. These are delightful creatures and for those who remember the wonderful children’s book “Wind In The Willows” “Ratty” was a Water Vole. You might also see rabbits, mice, shrews, and hedgehogs. In the trees, bats have found their homes.

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