Wimbledon Common

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Wimbledon Common information

London , England
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Tube: Wimbledon
Train: Wimbledon, then
Bus: 93
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Surging on into Putney Heath, Wimbledon Common blankets a staggering 460 hectares of southwest London. An astonishing expanse of open, wild and wooded space for walking (the best mode of exploration), nature trailing and picnicking, the common has its own Wimbledon Windmill , a fine smock mill (ie octagonal-shaped with sloping weatherboarded sides) dating from 1817.

The windmill, which ceased operating in 1864, contains a museum with working models on the history of windmills and milling. The adjacent Windmill Tearooms can supply tea, caffeine and sustenance. On the southern side of the common, the misnamed Caesar’s Camp is what’s left of a roughly circular earthen fort built in the 5th century BC.