As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, one of the things I love most about living in Wimbledon is the remarkable combination of town and country that it offers. I can be at work in central London in 35 minutes, or in a shopping centre in 10 minutes. But one minute’s walk from my front door and your onto the large expanse on Wimbledon Common.
On warm and sunny days the part of the Common closest to the village can be very busy but stroll for only a few minutes into in the common, break off the well-worn paths and you can find yourself utterly alone and surrounded by rural scenes as far as the eye can see.
Bluegate Gravel Pit is at the edge of the Common, along Parkside, but even so it’s almost always a quiet retreat for flora and fauna as well as humans. An early morning walk earlier this week was rewarded with a shock of yellow rushes around the lower edge of the Pit.
28 May 2009 (photos taken 25 May 2009)