Wandle Trail

Route Details

  • From - to: Wandsworth to Carshalton
  • Type: Mostly traffic-free
  • Length: 12 miles
  • Access: Wandsworth Town Station/East Croydon Station
  • Surface: Tarmac or fine gravel and dust
  • National Cycel Network: Route 22

Route Description

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.

Please be aware that the Wandle Trail does includes busy sections that younger and less confident cyclists may find challenging, in particular Wandsworth Town and Earlsfield town centres. These sections can easily be navigated on foot if necessary; Sustrans is working with local boroughs and a range of stakeholders to improve cycle facilities not only in these areas but along the length of Trail.

The Wandle Trail features in Sustrans' plans to create a network of traffic-free routes in south west London, the Wimbledon & South West London Greenways project. With funding from TfL, we have identified a Greenways network that will link communities to parks, services, amenities and areas of employment.

Download the Wandle Trail leaflet.  

Art Trail

The Wandle Trail is a Sustrans Art Trail.  Taking the river as his inspiration, Andrew Sabin's work provide navigation, entrances, gateways, bridges and look out points through this diverse urban landscape.

Andrew Sabin was appointed as the lead artist in June 2002 to develop an overarching artistic vision for the route, his proposals focused on looking closely at the river.  He created a series of entrances, gateways and bridges, and his programme has also included collaboration with 5 students from Chelsea College of Art to produce works for the trail, assisting 3 artists to work in the community, directing and collaborating with the web designers and developing an ongoing programme of events and art interventions along the trail.

The community educational programme placed three artists with local schools and groups to explore and compliment Sabin's work. They focused on sight line along the river, flora and fauna and waste recycling.  While the London Institute funded students from Chelsea Art College to carry out temporary projects on the route.

The Wandle Trail Artworks were funded by the Arts Council, Groundwork Merton, Merton BC, London Institute, Wandsworth BC, SEED Programme Bridge House Estates Trust, RSA Art and Architecture and Sustrans.

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The Wandle Trail is a fantastic, mainly traffic-free, route that follows the River Wandle from its mouth with the River Thames in Wandsworth, through three boroughs to Croydon, where local transport links offer a perfect finishing point for those with tired legs. The 12 mile route offers a great day out for people of all ages, for those on foot and on bike.

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