ADVENTURE WITH MICRO
FAMILY SCOOTER ROUTE: HYDE PARK
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There is an array of things to marvel at along this action packed family scooter route.
Its directions start and end at The Royal Garden Hotel, but you can join the circular route anywhere along the loop.
Round trip: Approx. 3.5 miles
If that’s too long for little legs then please note there are lots of short cuts along the way to get you back to the start sooner.
YOUR JOURNEY THROUGH HYDE PARK:
Start at The Royal Garden Hotel
2-24 Kensington High St W8 4PT
Nearest tube: High Street Kensington
Royal Garden Hotel is situated right next to an entrance to Hyde Park. Turn left outside the hotel and within 50 yards there is a gate leading you into Kensington Gardens that goes into Hyde Park.
Staying at The Royal Garden Hotel but forgotten your scooter?
Don’t worry they have some Micro Scooters that you can borrow for the day. Just ask the concierge.
Scoot into the park and after a short while take the first right hand turn so that you are scooting within the park and parallel to Kensington High Street.
Eventually you will reach The Broad Walk where you have an option to leave the park. Here, continue straight onto Flower Walk.
Continue along this flat path and after about ¼ mile you’ll see the Royal Albert Memorial and glimpses of the Royal Albert Hall in its back drop.
Continue as far as you can along Flower Walk until you come to a carriageway. This is the West Carriage Drive and can get busy.
Scoot alongside this passing the Serpentine Gallery on your left.
You’ll need to cross over the West Carriage Drive where it is safe to do so and join the route that will take you the full perimeter of The Serpentine and The Long Water.
As you follow this route look out for:
The view of the Serpentine Bridge behind you as you scoot away from West Carriage Drive.
Princess Diana Memorial fountain: bathe tired feet in its cool water. Opened in 2004 it was designed to look like a necklace of moving water. Please feel free to sit on the memorial or cross one of the bridges into its middle, we don’t want to spoil your fun, but please don’t scoot or walk on it.
The Lido: people taking a dip in the waters of the Serpentine. (public swimming June – September). On Christmas day members of the swimming club compete for the Peter Pan cup by swimming 100m. It’s been known that ice on the water has had to be broken for the race to take place… brrrrrr!
The Boat house where you can hire a pedalo for £20 half hour.
Be careful as you cross back over West Carriage Drive, following the route along the water’s edge.
The Long Water: at the point of the bridge the Serpentine becomes the Long Water.
The Allotment at Kensington: you’re welcome to wander in anytime to enjoy and relax at the allotment, as well as pick up some useful tips for growing your own fruit and vegetables.
Feed the ducks at the Italian Gardens at end of the Long Water. Look out for the Pump House where you can see Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s initials on one of the walls.
Peter Pan’s Statue: he stands in a leafy glade about half way along the west bank of the Long Water, blowing his horn and surrounded by fairies. Use your smartphone to magically bring to life the 100-year-old statue. Swipe your phone on the nearby plaque to get a personal call-back from Peter Pan.
From here scoot away from the Italian Gardens and along the path that runs parallel to the Bayswater Road. You will reach the Princess Diana memorial playground: a huge pirate ship guaranteed to keep your little ones busy for hours.
Keep your eyes peeled for the Elfin Oak: the stump of a 900-year-old oak tree in Kensington Gardens, carved and painted to look as though elves, gnomes and small animals are living in its bark.
From here head back to the Royal Garden Hotel along the Broad Walk past Kensington Palace. After a short distance you’ll come to the start of the scoot and the chance to leave the park.
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