Route 20 contains two sections, Wandsworth to Carshalton and Crawley to Brighton. Wandsworth to Carshalton is also known as the Wandle Trail and is a wonderfully peaceful trail in south London. Crawley to Brighton is known as the Downs and Weald cycle route and takes you through forests, gardens and villages to the arty cultural hub of Brighton.
Route 20 of the National Cycle Network will connect the River Thames at Wandsworth with Brighton. The route will join and follow Route 21 at Redhill before branching off at Crawley and crossing the South Downs to Brighton. Currently, the route is open between Wandsworth and Carshalton and Crawley and Brighton.
The route is open and signed between Wandsworth and Carshalton as the Wandle Trail, which is a 12-mile trail that follows the River Wandle. It allows you to enjoy the heritage, flora and fauna of this typical chalk stream in the heart of some of south London’s most industrialised landscape.
More than ten parks and green spaces lie on the route, providing a great opportunity to see local wildlife and escape the hustle and bustle of south west London. Numerous cafes, pubs and restaurants and local attractions such as Merton Abbey Mills, Deen City Farm and Wandsworth Museum mean that there is something for everyone.
Between Crawley and Brighton the route is open as part of the 164-mile Downs and Weald cycle route. The route travels through Tilgate Forest and continues to Handcross where you can see Nymans Gardens before passing the villages of Staplefield, Bolney and Hickstead. Here you can follow a traffic-free section that takes you all the way to the outskirts of Brighton. Brighton is known for its Grade II listed pier, burgeoning arts and culture scene and bohemian vibe. It’s definitely worth spending some time enjoying this seaside resort.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.