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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wimbledon Common

Wimbledon Common is an extensive area of heath and woodland that covers over 1100 acres in south-west London. Wimbledon Common is just south east of Richmond Park and separated from it by the A3 (Kingston by-pass).

Wimbledon Common, London, UK.

Wimbledon Common and Putney Commons to give the area its full name is made up of three distinct and labelled areas: Putney Heath, Putney Lower Common and Wimbledon Common.

Wimbledon Common has a long and varied history and is the home of the Wombles, a children's TV series. The Windmill Museum, housed in an early 19th century windmill, is dedicated to windmills and milling and also has exhibits on local history and the Scout movement - Robert Baden-Powell wrote parts of his book Scouting For Boys on this spot.

Windmill Museum, Wimbledon Common, London.

Wimbledon Common is now crisscrossed with paths and bridle ways and is also popular place for joggers, cyclists and other sportsmen and women including enthusiasts of football, rugby, Aussie Rules, Ultimate Frisbee and golf.

Most of the common has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation, making it one of London's best parks to relax and reconnect with nature.

By public transport Wimbledon (District Line, Tram Link and mainline trains), Putney (mainline) and East Putney (District Line) are the nearest railway stations. Follow Wimbledon Hill north to Wimbledon Common from Wimbledon Station. Bus #93 goes to Wimbledon Common War Memorial and on to Putney Heath. The Windmill Car Park is a large car park if you arrive in your vehicle.
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