Wandle Trail

The Wandle Trail, a 14-mile (20 km) cycling route, follows the River Wandle from Croydon to Wandsworth where it joins the River Thames.

Enjoy the industrial heritage and parks of south London on this picturesque cycle ride. Also discover the art of the Wandle Trail thanks to the Wandle Trail Art Programme.

The Wandle Trail is one of the few traffic-free cycling routes in London.


South London’s Wandle Trail begins at Wandle Park and passes through:

  • Beddington Park
  • Poulter Park
  • Morden Hall Park
  • Collier’s Wood
  • King George’s Park, Southfields

Let’s Pedal

Discover the nature reserves and city parks of south London along The Wandle Trail.

Start at The Spit, with a view of the River Thames, and follow the river round past Bell Lane Creek to The Causeway. Follow the signs which appear at regular intervals along the trail.

Wilderness Islands at Carshalton has many different bird species, including woodpeckers, firecrests and chiffchaff.

Explore Merton Abbey Mills, the former textile works of William Morris.

As part of The Wandle Trail Art Project, look out for a series of blue plaques celebrating local sites along the trail.

The Wandle Trail is mainly traffic-free paths with a few busy road sections.

The Wandle Trail is managed by the London Borough of Merton.

Ride Distance

FromToDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
The ThamesKing George’s Park0.71.15
King George’s ParkPlough Lane2.13.37
Plough LaneWandle Park11.56
Wandle ParkMerton Abbey Mills0.50.78
Merton Abbey MillsMorden Hall Park1.11.76
Morden Hall ParkPoulter Park1.21.87
Poulter ParkWilderness Island1.72.72
Wilderness IslandCarshalton Ponds0.50.84
Carshalton PondsElms Pond0.81.26
Elms PondCarew Manor0.50.86
Carew ManorWaddon Ponds0.91.44
Waddon PondsEast Croydon Station1.32.08


You will find a number of refreshment stops available:

Merton Abbey Mills, Morden Hall Park, The Grove, Beddington Park.

Public houses can be found in or near:

Wandsworth Town, Earlsfield, Wandle Park, Morden Hall Park, The Grove, Waddon Pond, Wandle Park.


Toilets are located at:

King George’s Park, Merton Abbey Mills, Modern Hall Park, Ravensbury Park, The Grove, Beddington Park.

Cycle Hire available at:

Wandsworth Town Rail Station (Santander Bikes), Morden Hall Park (including recumbents during school holidays).

Tourist information available at:

Various points along the Wandle Trail.

How to get here

By Car

Wandle Trail is located in south London. There are a number of car parks along the cycling trail. The easiest way to get there is to enter a car park postcode into your satellite navigation – see table below.

Car Parking

Pay and Display parking available near the trail at these locations:

Car ParkLocationPostcode
King George’s ParkWandsworthSW18 4GB
Merton Abbey MillsWandleSW19 2RD
Morden Hall ParkMordenSM4 5JD
Beddington ParkWallingtonSM6 7NN

By Cycle

Part of the Wandle Trail is National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 20 which can be joined in the south at Mill Lane, Carlshalton from Woodmansterne (where it joins the NCN 22); and in the north on NCN 4 from Raneleigh Gardens via on-road cycle lanes at Battersea Park, Clapham Common and Wandsworth Common joining the Wandle Trail at Earlsfield.

By Train

To East Croydon Station (Brighton / Gatwick Airport-London / Luton) (Purley / Tattenham Corner / East Grinstead-London)

To Waddon Station (Dorking / Epsom / Sutton-West Croydon / London)


  • Distance (miles): 14
  • Distance (km): 20
  • Start: Wandsworth
  • Finish: Wandle Park
  • Type: Mostly traffic-free
  • Surface: Tarmac, gravel, dust
  • Sat Nav: SW18 4GB


  • Car Park
  • Cycle Hire
  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information

Cycle Hire

Santander Cycle Hire

Wandsworth Docking Station
Wandsworth Town Station
Podmore Road
SW18 1AJ

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works.


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The information provided on this page is believed to be correct and is given in good faith. Please be aware that it may have changed since our research. Use of the information on this page is at your risk, we cannot accept any liability for any problems or incidents arising. The maps are based on the postcodes of the centres. The postcode provided for Sat Nav is the nearest postcode to the start of the trail or car park and is therefore not 100% accurate to the entrance of the location. Postcodes are provided as a guide only. We recommend that you confirm the location and other details before travelling.

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