GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wandle Trail

11 miles (18.5 km)

Follow the River Wandle from the River Thames at Wandsworth to Croydon. The trail follows the largely traffic free National Cycle Route 20 so the paths are well surfaced, signed and also suitable for walkers.
Starting in Wandsworth you head south to Southfields, passing along a traffic free section through public parks. You continue past Earslfield towards Wimbledon where you pass Wimbledon stadium and Summerstown. You continue to Merton Abbey Mills where you will find a pretty water mill and an arts and craft market. There is also a riverside pub which is a great place to stop for refreshments.
From Merton Abbey Mills you continue through Morden Hall Park where you will find 125 acres of National Trust owned parkland and gardens. The next section runs to Carshalton, passing Poulter Park and Allot Gardens. The final section runs from Carshalton into Croydon, passing through the pretty Beddington Park on the way.
Much of the trail is on traffic free, riverside paths so it's a good one for families. There are also good transport links along the way so it's easy to do just part of the route and then catch a train back.

Wandle Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wandle Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


There's lots of good options for refreshments on your ride. In Morden Hall Park there are a couple of nice on site cafes where you can stop and sit outside. Breakfast and hot food can be purchased at the Potting Shed Café. There's also the Stableyard Café with coffees and ice creams. There's an outdoor seating area so you can enjoy your snack outside on summer days.
There's also some nice pubs located on the fringes of the park. The Surrey Arms is located at the southern end for example. There's a friendly atmosphere, nice outdoor area and a good menu here. You can find it on Morden Road with a postcode of CR4 4DD for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

You can extend the ride by continuing south along National Cycle Route 20 to Merstham, Crawley, Pyecombe and then onto the coast at Brighton. On the way you will also pass Tilgate Forest Country Park near Crawley. There's miles of good off road trails to be found in this expansive forest park.
At the northern end of the route you can link up with Cycle Superhighway 7 at Collier's Wood. The signed trail will take you to Cannon Street in the City of London, passing Clapham Common on the way.


Wandle Trail - - 1603730

The Trail passes the site of Wimbledon FC's ground on the left. This was the club's home from 1912 to 1991. The block of flats on the left (one of six built on the Reynolds Gate site) Stannard House, named after Harry Stannard, a star in the Isthmian League days.

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The trail, followed by NCN22, has the river on its right as it approaches a turning leading to Weir Road on the left.

Wandle Trail, Wimbledon - - 1603813

Wimbledon Across the river, crossed by an unprepossessing bridge, is part of the Wimbledon Stadium Business Centre. Among the assorted occupants of the premises visible are, I think, a printer, dry cleaner and clock manufacturer.

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NCN22 follows this path past a pine tree alongside the River Wandle (off to the left), with industrial units on Waterside Way to the right.

River Wandle in Morden Hall Park, Surrey - - 1442262

River Wandle in Morden Hall Park, Surrey On the Morden Hall estate, run by the National Trust, work was done on the banks of this little offshoot of the River Wandle, to avoid bank erosion, and flooding. A little over a year later, we are rewarded with this colourful scene.

Wandle Trail, Earlsfield - - 1603952

Earlsfield. The trail, followed by NCN22, approaches the river crossing at the weir at Trewint Street.

Croydon, The Wandle Trail - - 1753972

The Wandle Trail. Looking west from the beginning of the Trail by Waddon Ponds.

Beddington, The Wandle Trail - - 1753982

Beddington: The Wandle Trail Walking westward along the Trail we soon enter the London Borough of Sutton, and the old Civil Parish of Beddington. Here we are just inside Beddington.


GPS Files

GPX File

Wandle Trail.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Wandle Trail.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)