Wimbledon to Richmond

Back on the Green London Way in south west London we knew that this was going to be a good one! The morning was crisp and sunny, the trains were on time, and one of the first paths that we walked along after leaving Wimbledon town centre was named Sunnyside Passage. Here we stopped to admire a true London curiosity, a Grade II listed cast-iron cylindrical Victorian electricity transformer station. Sunnyside Passage soon gave way to Sunnyside, and soon we were on Wimbledon Common, stopping briefly to observe a heron and a cormorant on Rushmere Pond. Ahead of us was a wedding venue if there was ever one, Cannizaro House, the grounds of

which looked splendid in autumn colour and which is the site of our second curiosity, an aviary built in the style of Turin Cathedral. By now it was time for some refreshment, and we stopped at the Windmill Cafe, before making our way across an extensive golf course, where veterans of the London Loop walks recalled their experiences of getting lost among greens. Our next landmark was the war memorial the peace of which was disturbed by the insistent traffic of nearby Kingston bypass. Crossing Beverley Brook we were now well on our way to the killing fields of Richmond Park.

From then on we wondered if every deer we saw (and there were many of them) was eating his or her last meal …

but hunger was gnawing at us too, and we stopped for our lunch at the newly named Betty’s Pond, reached through a narrow track through tall grasses. Resuming our walk we passed through familiar landmarks, Isabella’s Plantation, Pembroke Lodge, and King Henry’s Mound for telescopic views for St Paul’s Cathedral and Windsor Castle, before negotiating Petersham Meadows on our way to the Thames at Richmond.

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