Walk 1. Wimbledon Station to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
(20 minutes, some hills involved)
With Wimbledon Station behind you turn right and go straight across the traffic lights into Wimbledon Hill Road. Soon on the right is an architecturally splendid building which houses Wimbledon Library. Just a bit further on, again on the right, are the impressive Bank Buildings. Both the library and Bank Buildings are listed buildings and only limited alterations are allowed. This is just as well, since sadly, most of Wimbledon Town Centre has now been demolished to make way for newer buildings which are of questionable beauty. Turn right into Woodside and take the first left into St. Mary’s Road. On the right are the imposing mansion blocks and grounds of Queen Alexandra’s Court. This is a home for elderly ladies who have a connection with the armed forces of the United Kingdom. Normally only ladies above the age of 60 are admitted to this home and they must be widows, divorcees or unmarried daughters of officers or warrant officers, or they must themselves be retired female officers or warrant officers. Continue up the long winding hill and turn left at the mini roundabout. On the right is St. Mary’s church. At the next mini roundabout turn right into Church Road. Soon you will see the buildings of the All England Lawn Tennis Club on your left. Continue down the hill along Church Road. The Number 4 gate to the museum is on your left.
Walk 2. Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum to Wimbledon Station
(25 minutes, some hills involved)
This walk follows on from walk 2 taking a different and longer return route back to Wimbledon Station. With the Tennis Museum behind you, turn right and walk up Church Road and take the first right into Somerset Road. The tennis complex is now to your right. Take the fourth left into Burghley Road. As you walk down Burghley Road you will enjoy a splendid view looking towards St. Mary’s Church in the distance. When you reach the junction with Marryat Road, look to your left at the panoramic view of London’s skyline. If the weather is clear you will see the BT Tower and Millennium Wheel on the horizon. Turn right into Marryat Road. Walk up the hill until you reach Wimbledon High Street. If you look across the road and to your right, you will see the Wimbledon War Memorial with Wimbledon Common behind it. Turn left into Wimbledon High Street. Just after the Rose and Crown pub on your left, you will see Eagle House, a fine Jacobean Manor House. It was built by Robert Bell, a co-founder of the East India Company. There are many original features such as ceilings and fireplaces, 19th century Delft and de Morgan tiles. A moment later you will see the old fire brigade engine house which was built around 1900. At the mini roundabout turn right and continue along the high street to the next mini roundabout. Carry straight on and you are in Wimbledon Hill Road, going down the steep hill. At the bottom of the hill on the left you will pass the splendid architecture of Bank Buildings and Wimbledon Library, which are mentioned in more detail in Walk 1 above. Go across the traffic lights at the Alexandra Road junction and you will see Wimbledon Station on your left.
Walk 3. Wimbledon to Tooting Broadway Station
(45 minutes, no hills involved)
Our walk starts outside the Queens Road entrance to the Centre Court Shopping Centre.
With the Shopping Centre behind you turn left and cross Queens Road at the Pedestrian Crossing. Turn right into Princes Road. Take the first left into Kings road and then the first right into Dudley Road. Go through the gate on the left into South Park Gardens, through the middle of the park and leave by the Trinity Road exit. Turn right and take the first left into Effra Road. Turn left into Haydons Road and take the first right into Tennyson Road. Cross Garfield Road into the recreation ground. Head for the top right hand corner of the recreation ground and cross the bridge over the River Wandle into the Wandle Meadow Nature Reserve. Continue along the foot path. To the left is a pond with newts. Take the right path. The electricity pylons are to your left and the River Wandle is to your right. At the end of the path take the upward path which leads you to North Road. Turn left into North Road and take the first gate on the right which leads you back into the Wandle Meadow Nature Reserve. Take the centre path and leave the nature reserve through the turnstile on the left into Boundary Road. Take the third road on the right into Briscoe Road. Turn left into Colliers Wood High Street. Go over the railway bridge and you are in Tooting High Street. Keep going straight on. After you pass the Tooting Constitutional Club on your right, cross the road using the crossing. Our walk finishes outside Tooting Broadway Underground Station.
Should you wish to return by public transport, the No. 57 bus (bus stop is in Tooting High Street outside Sainsbury’s) will take you directly into Wimbledon town centre. By underground South Wimbledon Station is two stops away from where you will have a 12 minute walk back to the Centre Court Shopping Centre.