Last year when I was enquiring about the RSPCA Fountain at the top of Richmond Hill, the Richmond Society told me about a special set of gates in Richmond park.
On the edge of Sidmouth Woods there is an avenue of trees, with a view all the way to St Paul’s Cathedral. A marker on the path shows the distance to be 10 miles.
As you follow the line of the trees you arrive at “The Way”.
The gates were made for the tercentenary of St Paul’s Cathedral. The gates are decorated with oak leaves to mirror the surrounding trees. A wren hops between the branches, a reference to Sir Christopher Wren the designer of St Paul.
The gates were kindly donated by the family of renowned environmentalist and The Ecologist magazine founder, the late Edward Goldsmith. The Gates are named after Goldsmith’s book The Way
The gates were made by skilful blacksmith and metalworker Joshua De Lisle, I do recommend visiting his website to see the other wonderful creations.
If you visit during the week the park will be quieter and you can reach the gates with a short walk from the Richmond Hill gates.
Alternatively you can view the gates through the telescope at King Henry’s Mound in Pembroke Lodge Gardens.