It being a Common, there are not tons of things to do that are indoors. This museum is nice as it is educational for both kids and adults. Inside they ahve many mini windmills showing how they have developed through the ages. They have a film showing how mills are built, I found this particularly interesting!Schools come here on visits, so it is...more
My two favourite windmills thus far is the one in Rye, and this one :) Okay, I havent travelled the world extensively, nor saw windmills when in Holland, but these are good enough for me.Its base is octoganal, and brick. All the machinery was placed inside the brick area. It was built in 1817 to provide the locals with organically grown flour.It...more
We have had toasted sandwiches here, a breakfast and some scones and tea before.We do come to the Common regularly but usually bring our own picnic things to eat.The food (and service) here is disappointing we think. Especially as it is a place that many locals and tourists frequent, you would think it would be better run and the food would be top...more
Aside from eating at the Tea Room there is not much choice re where to eat.So, we mostly take our own food! We fill a picnic hamper with some food, fruit and drink and find a place to settle, put down our (waterproof on the one side) blanket... and voila! there you have your picnic :)This is by far the nicest way to eat here. After wards (and...more
Contrary to what my photo suggests, you DONT need a 4x4 here! lolMany folk come to the Common this way (by car), which they then park in the Wimbledon Tea Room car park, and then go for their walk. They put their bikes etc. on the roof-racks for use when they are in the Common. Unlike bigger parks, like Richmond Park, you are unable to drive around...more
When we go to Wimbledon Common, we hop onto a bus near our home, which drops us at the side of the Common.The Common, being quite large, has several bus stops where you can get off, it depends whereabouts in the Common you would like to be.This is on Wimbledon Parkside Road, near the main gate into the Common, Windmill Road.Warning: On Sundays and...more
All over the Common there are wooden benches to rest on.
When you draw nearer you realise that they all have inscriptions on them, some etched into the wood, most on a brass plate. The plate is generally old, weathered and hard to read.
I enjoy reading the inscriptions as it gives an idea, a glimpse into history past :)
The bench in the photo is dedicated to TWO Wimbledon Windmill vice presidents, Howard Thorne and Stewart Nicol, who both died in 2001. THis bench is found just outside the Windmill Museum.
The toilets here are next to the Tea Room.In one word, they are FOUL.It is a pity as you have little choice but to use them, and they are smelly, dirty and you are lucky if they flush! I had to go and put toilet paper all around the seat... and it stuck :(The smell was so repugnant I had to get out as quickly as possible... so not time for a photo...more
haha this brings a chuckle whenever I think of it. In December 2005, we drove into the Common with visiting inlaws. We attempted to drive down this pathway as there was no gate across it and no yellow cones! No sign either. We started to drive down and one of the rangers came running toward us, telling us to not go down there, as it was for...more
As a general rule I do not drink London water. Some places though seem to have better tasting water than others however. When you go to the Common there are no fountains or public areas where you can drink water, so do remember to bring your own!You can get water at the Tea Room, but the Common is quite large so it is ideal for you to have your...more
Luggage and bags:
Bring a light back pack into which you can put everything you might need. As people generally come here to walk and do some exercise, its best to carry as little as possible
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring good walking shoes, a cap, sunglasses and sun cream
If cycling, bring your helmet and any other safety equipment you usually bring. Some of the paths are unsteady and not great, so you might fall.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring plasters in case you get a blister with your walking shoes.
If you are asthmatic, do not forget your inhaler! Exercise makes one short of breath and even though it is good for you, it doesnt help when you have asthma.
Photo Equipment: Birng your charged camera. It is a very photogenic place and you will be in your element :)
Miscellaneous: Water! Birng water. The ONLY place you can get water otherwise is the Wimbledon Tea Room.
Bird book and binoculars
It is spring time and the blossoms are out! :)These are photos of the London Scottish Golf Club. Around the corner is the entrance, with a big sign saying 'Dont forget to pay your GREEN FEES'.... what's nice about this course is there are no 'exclusivity' htings to consider. Anyone can come and play a game of golf, and you dont even need your own...more
The Common has a beautiful golf course. It belongs to the London Scottish Golf Club. This course was originally seven holes, but is now eighteen holes, laid out by Tom Dunn in 1871.What is refreshing about this course is that it is uncommercialised, hazard fee (virtually), and still quite natural. If I was a keen golfer this is the club I would...more
The horses share some paths with pedestrians, but mostly have their own. Theirs are the rougher paths with all the tell-tale signs of horses! hahaI generally prefer taking the paths that horses dont go down as I am so often looking around (and up!), I dont look down that much and the last thing I want is to stand in a royal 'something'! It is a...more
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...more
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...more