Wandle Trail

Carshalton Ponds

Length — 20km (walked in full on 30 January 2016)

The Wandle Trail follows the course of the river of that name from Croydon to Wandsworth, by way of Carshalton and Merton. It is a mix of streets, parks, riverside and industry, but is never difficult. Much of the route is shared as a walking/cycling route, but there are places where the two modes of transport diverge.

There are ample opportunities to break off the walk, and refreshments and shops are available. There is a short deviation away from the river at Earlsfield: in return, the walker is provided with a route past shops, cafés, and a railway station.

Public transport is available as follows:

  • East Croydon — bus, tram, train
  • Waddonbus, tram, train
  • Hilliers Lane — bus
  • Carshalton — bus, train
  • Middleton Road — bus
  • Mitcham — bus, tram
  • Morden — bus, tram, tube
  • Colliers Wood / Merton Abbey — bus, tube
  • Earlsfield — bus, train
  • Wandsworth — bus, train

The Wandle Trail is well within the capabilities of moderate walkers for a day out, but the short days and shorter heat-hours of November to February may test some people. It may be split, but it is likely that those who would not complete the traverse in a day may be put off, finding ‘better’ routes to split up. This would be a pity, because the Wandle Trail does have its own charms.

The Wandle Trail map is published by Wandle Valley Park.

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