Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Capital Ring - 16 April 2011

It was sporting madness in London this weekend, with a FA semi-finals at Wembley Stadium both Saturday and Sunday, as well as the London Marathon on Sunday. To make matters worse for drivers, the M1 was closed all weekend on the approach into London, so it was a good weekend to go south.

On Saturday we walked another stage in the London Capital Ring walking loop. This time from Wimbledon to Richmond. When one visits parts of London on their own, there is no concept of where they all intersect. We were surprised to find that Wimbledon Common ended directly across the road from where Richmond Park began.

Lunch at the Wimbledon Windmill cafe fortified us for the walk. The main reason for doing this particular walk today, was the route went close to the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park. This garden is stunning late April, as it is mainly azaleas planted around various water features. There were still some late flowering varieties to come into full bloom, but most of them were looking wonderful.

Richmond town was a great place to relax at the end of the walk, in one of the many pubs and cafes that line the bank of the Thames.

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