The weather has finally warmed up enough for me to continue the Capital Ring Walk.
But suburban roads are soon reached, then the route crossed the River Wandle:
“The Wandle, which gives its name to Wandsworth, is one of the fastest flowing rivers in the London area with a drop of 200 feet in just ten miles. It powered many watermills which produced flour, metal, leather, paper, textiles and even gunpowder.”
Wimbledon Park itself isn’t far away:
“Wimbledon Park dates from the 16th century; then it formed part of the extensive grounds of the earliest Wimbledon Manor House and was used for deer hunting and hawking. It is more famous for its modern use, as across the lake you can see the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.”
With its famous Windmill:“Wimbledon Windmill is the last remaining hollow post flour mill in the country. In this unusual design the main body of the mill, with all its machinery, turned on a central post, through which a hole was bored for a drive shaft taking power to the machinery.”
Then we’re into Richmond Park:“Richmond Park is London’s largest Royal Park, covering 2,500 acres. It is a national nature reserve and has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest; it is also Europe’s largest urban park. It has some ancient trees with the oldest oaks some 700 years old.”
A short detour leads up to King Henry’s Mound, with extensive views to the west:“Henry’s Mound is actually a barrow or burial mound, but legend says that Henry VIII stood here in 1536 waiting for a flare that would tell him that Anne Boleyn had been executed and he was free to marry Jane Seymour. From the top of the mound you can see St. Paul’s Cathedral through the telescope. This is a protected view – no tall buildings can be built to obscure the view of St. Paul’s Cathedral, 12 miles away.”
It was then a busy walk through Richmond to the station, and two trains home.
It was certainly nice having a Capital Ring walk that was mostly not on pavements or tarmac!
8.5 miles of Capital Ring walking today and 1 Geocache found.
For more information on the Capital Ring, see https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/walking/capital-ring