The river Wandle itself is a tributary of the Thames to the south west of London, consisting of 15 miles of rich chalk stream habitat in good condition, which in its industrial heyday, was the ‘hardest working river in London’, with over 90 mills along it’s banks throughout time. The river rises in two sources Waddon and Carshalton.
The trail was first developed and promoted a decade ago. It allows residents and visitors to gain access to the river, the wider Wandle Valley and the future Regional Park.
TFL funded a feasibility study in 2012, produced by Sustrans, to identify and attract significant new capital funding for improvements to this 12-mile strategic Greenway for recreational cycling and walking. Through the Greenways programme, improvements were made to the Wandle Trail in Poulter Park, The Grove and Weir Road.
Two main starting points
The Trail mostly follows the Wandle River, and runs for about 12.5 miles (20km) from East Croydon Station to the Thames Path in Wandsworth near Wandsworth Town train station. There are 2 main starting points: Wandle Park, Croydon (12 mile walk) or Carshalton Ponds, Carshalton (9 mile walk).
While some sections are in good condition and well maintained, there are a number of ‘missing links’ and also areas that need substantial new investment. There is also a need to review design quality, the management and maintenance, wayfinding and marketing of the route. *Please note in places the trail is narrow and uneven for wheelchair users.
Wandle Trail Map
The map has been created by The Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust and developed in partnership with First Base, as a result of their shared commitment to help raise awareness of and open access to the Wandle Trail. The map shows a cycle route and walking route and highlights the fascinating places to visit along its length. The Trust have worked hard over the years with partners to improve the Trail and we will continue to secure investment to make the Trail safer and more accessible for more people to enjoy.
You can download a copy of the map below:-
*The print version of the map works best double sided on A3 paper.
Hard copies of the map are available from the Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust office (varied opening hours), The Old Bookshop at Morden Hall Park and main libraries in the Wandle Valley.