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Waterwheel with path nameWandle Trail

Gtr London

19 km / 12 miles
An easy and generally level route following as closely as possible the River Wandle, once the fastest flowing in London with 90 mills along its length a few of which have been retained, from its origins in Sutton through Merton to the Thames at Wandsworth. It is mainly a multi-user trail shared with cyclists as national route 22 and there are many public transport links with a link to East Croydon for the walking Trail.

The river has twin sources at Waddon and Carshalton Ponds. It now runs in semi-rural parklands for much of its course and the walking Trail includes many public parks and small nature reserves: two Wandle Parks, Waddon Ponds, Beddington Park, The Grove, Wilderness Island, Dale Park, Watercress Park, Watermeads, Ravensbury and Modrden Hall Parks, Wandle Water Meadow Nature Park, Garratt Rark and King George Park. Originally there were osier plantations and watercress beds along the river's length but now it flows through suburban and industrial landscapes in green corridors.

The Wandle Trail provides a link from the Vanguard Way to the Thames Path National Trail at Wandsworth.

The 2019 Cicerone guide by Peter Aylmer listed below includes full route descriptions of the Wandle Trail and Dollis Valley Greenwalk.


Waymark: Waterwheel with path name
Path Type: Other Paths
Waymark: Waterwheel with path name
Attributes: Easy
Cycle Route
Start: TQ329657 - East Croydon station, Croydon, Gtr London View on StreetMap
Finish: TQ258750 - The Spit, The Causeway, Wandsworth, Gtr London View on StreetMap
Open Date: 1988
Web Sites: Wandle Trail Merton Council - Wandle Trail Annierak - Wandle Trail [blog] Rambling Man - Wandle Trail [blog] Walking the Wandle Trail [YouTube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Walking in London : park, heath and waterside walks : 25 walks in London's green spaces  (Cicerone Press  - 2017 )
External download Guide to the Wandle Trail  (Wandle Industrial Museum  - 2015 ) Download
Guidebook Wandle Guide  (Sutton London Borough  - 1997 )
Guidebook River Wandle companion and Wandle Trail guide  (Wandle Industrial Museum  - 2012 )
Booklet On the Wandle  (Wandle Industrial Museum )
Booklet Mills of the River Wandle  (Wandle Industrial Museum )
Booklet River Wandle wildlife guide  (Wandle Industrial Museum )

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Route Profile:

20.2 km (12.6 miles)
78 m (256 ft) ascent
66 m (217 ft)  maximum height

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