Free guided walks of Richmond launched by town’s information centre

Richmond Info Centre volunteer, Brian Benson, guiding walkers around Richmond on a sunny afternoon.

Free guided tours of Richmond are now being offered by the town’s information centre.

Volunteers dressed in high-vis yellow jackets will lead the walk every Thursday and Saturday morning at 11am.

The walks last around an hour and 15 minutes.

Since the information centre moved into the Market Hall in 2020, leaders say 40 volunteers who operate this facility seven days aweek have helped thousands of people, both visitors to Richmond and locals.

The volunteers say they  enjoy sharing their enthusiasm for Richmond and answering questions, although they have struggled to answer requests for information on guided walks.

There have been several specialised walks over the years, but nothing that really fit this demand.

Now, Judith Harwood, one of the Information Centre’s newer recruits, is helping volunteers fill this gap.

She said: “Visitors are often keen to join a walk that gives an overview of the town looking generally at its history, geography, and main events that are packaged-up in an entertaining way – that’s the real key to success.

“It’s a great way to have a personal introduction to many of the attributes which make Richmond so popular,” says Judith, “so we hope this latest initiative will really take off and we can increase the frequency of the walks on offer.”

The walks are free and anyone interested can turn up at the centre in the Market Hall ten minutes before departure.

The walks can be book in advance at richmondinfo.net/guidedwalks.