6 February 2011

Ham Common (South)


Ham Common is the defining feature of Ham and is its living heart where paths cross, people rest and play, and wildlife makes home.

From here Ham spreads its tendrils South along Ham Parade towards Kingston, East along Lock Road to Teddington, North-West along Ham Street to Ham House, North-East along Petersham Road towards Richmond and West along Church Road and Ham Gate Avenue to Richmond Park.

The view here is from Upper Ham Road looking along Ham Common (the confusingly named road that wraps around the common) towards the junctions with Lock Road and Ham Street where the pond lurks almost hidden by trees.

The sense of space, serenity and escape from the city is palpable. A walk along or across Ham Common is always a joy.

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