Dave Sergeant

The Capital Ring is a walking route of 78 miles length around London split into 15 sections. See tfl.gov.uk/modes/walking/capital-ring for more details.

Capital Ring Section 6 - Wimbledon to Richmond - November 21st 2019

A short summary of my walk yesterday. Capital Ring section 6 from Wimbledon to Richmond. I originally did this in September 2018 and it was my first section of the Ring. My friend Mike and his wife Lynda who are doing the Ring inspired by me were doing this section yesterday so I joined them.

First through Wimbledon Park, looking a bit gloomy in the cloudy (but dry) weather. Then out of the park and a short section of suburban walking passing quite near No. 1 court of Wimbledon itself. Totally deserted at this time of the year.

Then into Wimbledon Common and the windmill, which like last time was firmly locked up and closed, not opening until March. One of these days I will be able to explore it inside. Past the golf club and across a couple of fairways trying to avoid flying golf balls - one went in the wrong direction right over our heads. A view of Queen's Mere, formed in 1887 by damming a stream feeding the nearby Beverley Brook, which the path passed.

Then, having negotiated the Pegasus crossing (for both pedestrians and horses) across the busy and fast A3 we entered Richmond Park. A bit muddy at this time of year, I slipped and fell but OK apart from muddy hands and clothes. Lots of deer in the park. We saw a couple in the distance trying to feed them despite big notices all over the place not to. It also seems to be deer culling season with the park closed overnight for this purpose. The big Pen Ponds right in the centre are always impressive, various wildlife on these along with noisy parakeets. Out of the park and across Petersham Meadows down to the Thames where we lunched in one of the pubs along the river before making our way back to the station. This is one of the prettiest sections of the Ring walk so it was good to walk it again.

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