If you do not know Wimbledon, a suburb in South West London, you may not have visited Wimbledon Common. The best bit, it is all free!
It is lovely at all times of the year. There are woods, footpaths, three large ‘ponds’ and a cafe plus a museum in the location of the famous Windmill. Yes, Wimbledon has its own windmill, which has been restored. You cannot go inside though.
You can get to the Common easily by bus, No. 93 from Wimbledon Station, where there are frequent trains to Waterloo, further out to Kingston upon Thames, and by District Line underground to South Kensington and inner London.
By car it is a bit difficult to find parking. Better leave your car at home unless you go in winter or when it is pouring with rain, when you may find a parking slot on a road on the Common. There is also limited parking near the popular Windmill cafe in the middle of the Common.
It is great for dog walking. There is a stable in the nearby Wimbledon Village for horse riding and also a prestigious golf course. Jogging is very popular.
Wimbledon Common has a fascinating history, being a favourite site for duals in the 17th and 18th century. It has a great flora. Plants and trees are there which are suited to the sandy soil plus many birds, including water fowl, and butterflies.
It is great for a picnic. Take a rug, and relax under the green branches.