GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

National Cycle Route 20

55 miles (89 km)

This popular Sustrans National Cycle Route is made up of two sections. The first runs from Wandsworth to Merstham, with part of this section running along the Wandle Trail. The traffic trail takes you along the River Wandle through the outskirts of the capital.
The second section runs from Pyecombe to the coast at Brighton.
The route on the map below shows both sections but with the missing section using National Cycle Route 21 and the old Route 20 from Crawley down to Pycombe. This makes a complete route from Wandsworth in London to Brighton.
Scroll further down for some videos and a gpx file for the route.

Cycle Routes on National Cycle Route 20

  • Wandle Trail - Follow the River Wandle from the River Thames at Wandsworth to Croydon
  • Putney to Coulsdon - Follow National Cycle route 20 through south London on this easy ride
  • Tilgate Forest Country Park - Tilgate Country Park is a popular large park and forest area in Crawley, Sussex. The trail passes through it on the way to Brighton. There are some good mountain bike trails to try in this off road section.
  • Crawley to Brighton - Follow National Cycle route 20 from Crawley to the seaside resort of Brighton

National Cycle Route 20 OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

National Cycle Route 20 Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The route links up with National Cycle Route 22 around Banstead. This will take you south through Surrey, Hampshire and the North Downs to Portsmouth on the south coast.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Beddington, River Wandle, looking upstream - - 1754028

Beddington: River Wandle, looking upstream. Where the Wandle Trail passes the end of Lavington Road, there is a footbridge giving access to Richmond Green on the north bank. This photograph was taken from the bridge, looking east (upstream) on the river.

The Wandle Trail through Ravensbury Park - - 938123

The Wandle Trail through Ravensbury Park. A cycling and walking route along the river bank offering a traffic-free route between the busy A24 and A217 roads.

The Wandle Trail north of Plough Lane - - 2893756

The Wandle Trail north of Plough Lane

Argento Tower - - 1604241

Argento Tower. A new tower block, 72 metres and 23 storeys tall, in Wandsworth at the point where Mapleton Road reaches King George's Park, and seen from the Wandle Trail.

NCR 20 - Tilgate Forest

NCR 20

River Wandle from the Wandle Trail - - 2634942

River Wandle from the Wandle Trail

National Cycle Route 20, north of Brighton - - 581457

National Cycle Route 20, north of Brighton. The Crawley to Brighton section of National Cycle Network Route 20 is open as part of the Downs and Weald Cycle Route. Here it crosses the London to Brighton railway line just north of the intersection between the A23 & A27.

Brighton Pier - - 235477

Brighton Pier

GPS Files

GPX File

National Cycle Route 20.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)