Route 20

Route Details

  • Distance: 45 miles
  • Type: Some traffic free sections between Crawley and Brighton.

Route Description

The route is open between the following sections:

1. Wandsworth and Carshalton

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.

2. Crawley and Brighton

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 pick up a traffic free section that takes you all the way to the outskirts of Brighton.

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National Route 20 of the National Cycle Network will connect the River Thames at Wandsworth with Brighton. The route will join and follow National Route 21 at Redhill before branching off at Crawley and crossing the South Downs to Brighton.

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