19th April 2015: Along the Beverley Brook from New Malden to Putney

This was a gentle walk, mostly following the Beverley Brook — a country stream that just happened to be running between London suburbs. We began with about half a mile of suburban road but then crossed some playing fields into Wimbledon Common. I had been a bit worried about traffic noise from the A3, but the Sunday footballers were nearer and louder.

Ducks swimming on the Beverley Brook, on Wimbledon Common

Ducks swimming on the Beverley Brook, on Wimbledon Common

We crossed the A3 to enter Richmond Park, where the Beverley Brook follows the eastern boundary, and stopped for lunch at the Roehampton Gate. The next stretch was the least satisfactory, with about a mile of road including a short stretch following the South Circular.

Damien, Helen, Sarah ... and Woody

Damien, Helen, Sarah … and Woody

We then crossed Barnes Common to drop Sarah off at Barnes Station, then rejoined the Brook at Barnes Green. It had clearly lost a good part of its water, and the final mile to the Thames was a bit scruffier.

A VERY high tide on the Thames Path, approaching Putney Bridge

A VERY high tide on the Thames Path, approaching Putney Bridge

The last mile of our walk was along the Thames Path and then to Putney Station, but Damien, Jonathan and I first stopped for a riverside tea at Loo Loo’s Café.

Humphrey

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About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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