The Covid Walks: Coombe antiquities
|Leigh Close industrial estate Kingston Road.|
Exit the footpath and you are at Elm road railway crossing and about to enter THE CUT on the right hand side. Do mask-up here if you feel more relaxed as it is very busy and a lot of people depend on the footpath. Three birds feature: house sparrows who couldn't care-less about local residents chicken wire attempts to keep them out of their eaves; dunnocks and wrens along railside land.
|Elm road access to The Cut|
We are turning left up Coombe Road towards Traps Lane. On the right is Christ Church
OPTION 2: Turn down CAMBRIDGE AVENUE walking through 'the middle' of New Malden Golf Course and the subway under the A3 to join the Beverley Brook beverley-brook
If you stayed with me then eyes right past the church, to the sedum roof on the church hall, a rarity in the borough. Here sounds of the incessant tinkling, not of angels, but nesting goldfinches. In normal traffic conditions they probably wouldn't be audible.
|sedum roof on church hall|
|goldfinches outside the church|
The Coombe Estate to the north is mentioned in the Domesday Book, where it is referred to as ‘Cumbe’. In 1215, King John awarded Coombe to the nobleman Hugh de Nevill – you can still find a road called ‘Coombe Neville’ to the north of COOMBE LANE WEST and NEVILLE AVENUE off TRAPS LANE.
|Grade 11 Listed boundary wall|
At the top of the hill the habitat becomes woodland and a number of woodland birds are heard including blackcap and coal tits. There are a number of Options.
OPTION 3: Coombe wood. This will feature on the next walk.
OPTION 4: Warren Road and Coombe estate on the right hand side there is a public footpath signposted and it is possible to cross the golf course
|Photo credit Jenny Kingston Ramblers|
OPTION 5: Stay with me for a butchers at the Coombe Conduit on the corner of Lord Chancellors Walk. This is magnificent Oak territory.
Continue west along COOMBE LANE WEST until DICKERAGE ROAD and cross the road walking south towards the TRIANGLE. Here you can join DICKERAGE LANE and enter the recreation ground where there is a stunning black poplar
|Star of Bethlehem|
Exit DICKERAGE LANE at KINGSTON ROAD which is where we part, as I head off into KINGSTON REC.