Gorgeous Walks In Wimbledon
Host to many open green spaces, Wimbledon offers a wide variety of nature; riverside settings, beautiful parks, expansive commons plus you can take in some great views of the city
Where town meets city, Wimbledon walks offer lush green spaces, pretty riverside paths and views over the city. There are lots of super leisure activities along the walks to enjoy. Choose from wading in rivers, picnic spots, riverside walks, cycling tow paths and of course the odd pub along the way. Heading out for a walk in SW19 is a perfect weekend activity to stay fit and keep your mental health in check. It’s so popular that sometimes Wimbledon Common can seem busier than the high street. So we’ve found some hidden gems and picked some popular spots to get walking in Wimbledon.
7 of the best Wimbledon walks
Wimbledon Common from Wimbledon Village to Putney Heath or Richmond Park
Wimbledon Village is great place to start your walk, with a host of cafes and restaurants to enjoy. Head north along the High Street and turn left down Southside Common to reach the beginning of Wimbledon Common. There are 1,140 acres of glorious open green space through Wimbledon & Putney Commons and Putney Heath. It’s home to several ponds, woodland and you can pass by the windmill, the common’s famous landmark.
Take in the open views as you walk towards Rushmere Lake. The pathway will take you along the right side of the lake to the corner of West Side Common, Camp Road and West Place. Here you can choose to veer off left to Richmond Park or continue north to The Windmill. You can enjoy a visit to the Windmill Museum, stop for refreshments at the Windmill Tearooms and give the dog a drink of water.
A few minute detour here is worth making to visit the bird sanctuary of Queen’s Mere lake. Surrounded by woodland, nesting on the lake offers protection for many wildlife birds and ducks.
Continue your journey north from the Windmill as Wimbledon Common seemlessly joins Putney Heath. Head over the A3 back to Putney Heath and if the Green Man Pub is open, stop for a pint in this much revered, dog friendly local.
Estimated 2-3 mile walk, flat terrain.
River Wandle Trail, from Merton Abbey Mills to Morden Hall Park
Join the Wandle Valley Trail at the historic arts hub Merton Abbey Mills. Steeped in history and home to William Morris printing Liberty fabrics there is a working watermill, pubs, cafes and shops to explore. The historic centre puts on arts events and family activities during the summer. Cross over the river and head south along the riverside path which will take you past Deen City Farm. Keep walking and cross the tram line to enter into Morden Hall Park.
There is a board walk through the wetlands and viewing platforms to look for bird life. Picturesque bridges will take you over meandering streams in Modern Hall Park owned by the National Trust. You’ll pass a grand white building, Merton Place originally known as Moat House Farm. It was built circa 1790 and was once home to Emma Hamilton and Lord Nelson. There are lots of activities to enjoy at Morden Hall Park; adventure playgrounds, rose gardens and splashing about in rivers.
A majestic grand avenue of trees will take you to the end of your walk. Or veer off and head along the river down to the old mill, built in the mid-18th century and evolved to become a hub for industry. Finish your walk at the National Trust cafe with a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows or browse the garden centre.
Cannizaro Park circular walk
This hidden secret is set back from Wimbledon Common, just off West Side Common. A delightful afternoon stroll around the park will take you in a circular walk around the well-maintained park. Pack a picnic for a fun-filled afternoon on the lawns or head to Cannizaro Hotel Du Vin afterwards for an afternoon tea or a craft beer (booking advised.).
Walking along the drive from Wimbledon Common past the water fountain which will lead you to the park. There is a large aviary to enjoy watching the birds. Turn right along a wooded pathway. Follow the path around the perimeter. You’ll pass walled gardens, open spaces and take in the famous rhododendron gardens at their full bloom in the springtime.
As you head back towards the house you’ll pass a pond and will take a central path back to the house. Take a moment to enjoy the sunken gardens with the mass of brightly coloured flowers.
Gentle walk, some steps, estimated 1 hour.
Wimbledon Tennis from Wimbledon Village to Wimbledon Park
The Tennis is a popular destination for visitors throughout the year to visit the Wimbledon championships or the tennis museum. Wimbledon Village is a great starting point and you can take in some excellent views along the way. Head north along the High Street, turning right down Marryat Road.
There are many interesting houses to look at, including Simon Cowell’s house which is in this vicinity. As you walk along residential Marryat Road you can enjoy views over the city and spot the Shard, London Eye among other London Landmarks. At the end of the road you’ll come to the perimeter fence of the tennis, turn right along Somerset Road and then left to follow it along Church Road down to the main gate. Alternatively turn right up Church road to pass an old turnstile with an old alley leading to Marryat Place.
Continue your journey and turn left down St Mary’s Road where you’ll pass St Mary’s Church. Continuing along Arthur Road, turn left down Home Park Road which will take you to Wimbledon Park where you can enjoy tennis, boating, children’s playground and cafe refreshments.
1-2 miles, mainly pavements but some hills.
Wimbledon Park circular walk
There are a host of leisure activities to enjoy at Wimbledon Park. The favourite with locals offers a fantastic variety of interesting things to enjoy on your stroll. The main entrance is on Revelstoke Road, however if you enter via Home Park Road to choose either the grand steps or enjoy the long slope down, perfect for whizzing down on a bike or scooter.
Keep walking in this direction passing the tennis courts on your left. They are often in full use during peak season and in the past some top tennis players have been spotted practicing there. Meander around the edges of the courts to the Pavillion where you’ll find Wimbledon Park’s Cafe offering a top selection of ice-creams amongst all your usual cafe favourites.
There are formal gardens laid out and a rockery, walks past adventure golf and the bowling green, you’ll come out to the playing fields where local teams play throughout the seasons.
A walk around the perimeter will take you past the other entrance gates and round to the woodland, it’s a haven for local dog walkers. You’ll come to the boating lake which is home to water sports and some local Olympic hopefuls have trained here. The lake is part of the original landscaping by Capability Brown in 1760, when it was part of the grounds to Earl Spencer’s home Wimbledon House.
There’s plenty of bird life to spot here, geese and ducks. Meander further round on this Wimbledon walk and you’ll to come to the public toilets and a playground for children, divided neatly into suitable age groups. The park has a popular paddling pool, water features and picnic tables for the family to enjoy. You’re back at the start of the your walk and a choice of steps back up for the slope. If you prefer to avoid these use the entrance on Wimbledon Park Road or Revelstoke Road.
Flat walk, 30-60mins
Three Pub crawl; The Rose and Crown, Crooked Billet, Fox & Grapes
This Wimbledon walk is just for fun. An easy stroll between three top notch pubs in Wimbledon Village. Start at The Rose and Crown in Wimbledon Village. The Rose and Crown is a popular pub with locals, offering a fabulous menu. Landlady Nicky runs this reknowned traditional pub and hotel with beautiful hanging baskets and outdoor courtyard space. Head over the road to Southside Common Road, your walk will take you along the edge of the common, passing Rushmere Pond.
At the junction with Westside Road, cross over to the Crooked Billet with the green on one side and the choice of two immensely popular pubs – The Hand in Hand and The Crooked Billet. Take your pick or sample both! Both are steeped in history and offer good pub grub with a fine pint. The last leg of your walk along West Side Common runs alongside the common to the Fox and Grapes. Passing Cannizaro House Hotel and views over open common land. Popular with locals, foodies and dog walkers after a stroll on the common.
Flat walk, take as long as you like!
Wimbledon Station to Wimbledon Tennis
This path is well trod by the thousands of visitors to Wimbledon Tennis every year. Turn right out of the station and grab a hot drink in one of the local coffee shops. Head up Wimbledon Hill Road and stop in Elys to pick up some Wimbledon Tennis souvenirs. Before the hill steepens, turn right into Woodside and first left into St Mary’s Road into the residential neighbourhood of Wimbledon Village.
Continue pass St Mary’s church, turning right into Chrurch Road. A gentle amble down will take you to the All England Lawn Tennis club and the main entrance. If you’re not there for the Championship then enjoy a visit to the museum.
Uphill, 30 mins