Summer time has come again and this means long hot days, swimming in open ponds and lidos and dancing the night away at open-air concerts etc. Oh. We forgot. We’re in the UK – not exactly known for its hot weather. Never mind; don’t get too glum about it. We’ve had a few days of sun – even if it’s been a bit sporadic. We’re sure they’ll be more rays at some stage. And, whether it’s hot, cold or windy; Wimbledon Common’s always a good bet for a great day out.
The common’s a large, open space in Wimbledon and there are three main areas: Wimbledon Common, Putney Heath and Putney Lower Commons. Wimbledon Common includes ponds, a nature trail, flora and fauna and a windmill and comprises of 1,100 acres of heath and woodland. There are also as many different birds and insects. There are even football, rugby and cricket facilities – but you’ll need to book if you want to play in a team. The common also attracts runners from all over London and Thames Hare and Hounds is the oldest cross-country running club in the world! The membership is made up of runners of all ages and there’s a full programme of racing and social events. Wimbledon Common is open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
A distinctive landmark, built in 1817; The Windmill is found in the centre of the common and is very famous for being the place where Robert Baden-Powell wrote parts of “Scouting for Boys” over a century ago. The Windmill initially opened to serve the community but only operated until 1864, after which the machinery was taken out and the building reconverted into residential homes.
However, these day sails now work – and the building hosts the well-known museum with exhibits on rural life and local history. There’s also a display of Scouting memorabilia to commemorate the works of Baden-Powell. The museum’s run entirely by volunteers, allowing admission charges to be kept low and is open on summer weekends, although school trips and group visits can be separately arranged. If you’re with children, or even if you’re not – make sure you check out the shop for postcards, books, souvenirs and of course Wombles! After all, the museum wouldn’t be complete without them.
Wimbledon Common on horseback
We thought to mention this as viewing the common on horseback is very popular. This is because you get a totally different perspective on the landscape. There are two stables in Wimbledon Village and fantastic rides suitable for beginners to advanced, along the paths across the common. You can find the stables behind the Dog and Fox Pub, just off the High Street and adjacent to the Swan Pub on Ridgeway. They have a history going back 100 years in the area.
So if you’re looking for a relaxing day out pop along to the common and make the most of the walks, vistas, pubs and cultural attractions. You might even be interested in looking for a property for sale in the area, if so contact our friendly team today for help and advice on your dream home.