Everyone has different ideas of what relaxation and 'time out' is.
To some it is to read a book, to others riding a horse, to others shopping for clothes... to me it is to get out of the hustle and bustle, to a park like this, and get as close to nature as you can in a city.
Even though I have been here quite a few tmes, I still really appreciate it being my place where I can reflect and relax :)
We 'spotted' these foot prints in the grass... hmmm.. do you think they might be a womble's print? They are quite large though!
I am thinking 'yeti'.. but wouldn't that be a little off the mark?
Out of all the parks and commons we have walked in in England, East Sheen Common (off Richmond Park), and this Common have given us the feeling of being in Sherwood Forest, where Robin and his men hid and lived. As you are walking through certain parts of the Common you can easily picture this! :)
There's one little spot in Wimbledon Common where there is this very old Oak, and it reminds me of the Magic Faraway Tree... and when you look at the trunk of the tree, there is the face of an old man in it. It's quite weird actually, you have to see it to believe it.. will take a photo of it next time!
There is some incredible bird life here.
On our last trip (Sunday 30 April 2006), we heard a woodpecker hammering away at top speed! We tried to locate him but the trees were quite dense and we gave up.
These black crows were hanging around quite a bit in this area, there were about 30 in total.
It is a good idea to bring an English bird book and binoculars.
The Common has a variety of paths and trails for varying modes of transport, covering 461 hectares of land.
There are paths for horses, paths for cyclists and paths for pedestrians only, pedestrians can walk on any path though generally, unless there is a certain area thta has been cut off for some reason (never come across that myself yet).
The paths for horses are rough and full of their droppings, so I prefer to travel on the pther paths. It is not cycle-friendly, which is just as well.
If you get to the Common and you need general information re the Common, go to the Information Centre just behind the Tea Room.
This sign is found in the car park at the Tea Room.
It gives some information re the size of the Common, about the golfing and cycling that takes place etc.
The Rangers Office is also near the Tea Room. The number is: 0181 788 7655. They drive around the Common, ensuring all is fine throughout the day.
For families this is a lovely outing... it's outdoors, free and all are welcome!
There are all kinds of dogs around, some are on leashes, most are not. They generally seem to have had some kind of dog training. They are not dogs that snarl at others, are friendly and come up to strangers for a pet.
Wimbledon is world renown.
Growing up, I knew this song well :)
'Underground, overground, wombling free,
The Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we.
Making good use of the things that we find,
Things that the everyday folks leave behind.'
(That is the chorus)
Fondest memory: I only had chance to visit it as an adult for the firts time, and it brings back many memories :)