Twice now we’ve encountered the Beverley Brook, first, briefly, at its conjunction with the Thames between Hammersmith Bridge and Putney Bridge (see Walk 12) and it intersects our spiral route again as we pass across Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common.
Like many urban waterways Beverley Brook suffered neglect and pollution for decades, but a few years ago a number of agencies committed to clean up the river and restore its meanders, and we are able to see the first fruits of their work in our walk. There’s some great coverage of the works done on the South East Rivers Trust website and on the Royal Parks site. You get a sense of its scruffiness a few years back from this piece by Andrew Bowden and on the Lost Rivers site.
We begin at Mortlake station and quickly come south into the verdure and space of Richmond Park. Here we meet again the Beverley (translation: Beaver Lea) Brook and follow it along open woodland from Sheen Gate to Robin Hood Gate.
Date & time: Sunday June 11th 2017, 1pm
Meeting place: Mortlake station South West Trains from Waterloo
Distance: the walk is 6 miles, with a break after 4m at Wimbledon Windmill
End point: Wimbledon station
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Cost: No charge
A Later Visit …
I returned to Wimbledon Common in May 2018, for a walk led by Peter Fiennes author of Oak Ash and Thorn, as part of the Urban Tree Festival. I was quite surprised at the variety of trees in the Wimbledon wood. I wonder if some of them (the limes and scots pine in particular) have been planted at different times when the ground was more open, and over the years the woods have encompassed and merged, so there are these little pockets. Either that or woods are not as homogenous as I imagined but contain all kinds of species side by side. Bit more investigation required.