Easy and pretty 20km linear route following the river Wandle from East Croydon to the Thames at Wandsworth. The route goes through the boroughs of Croydon, Sutton and Merton and is waymarked but not always very clearly.
The route starts at East Croydon station and the first destination is Wandle Park where the Wandle Trail officially starts. The route does not visibly follow the Wandle river until later, after passing Waddon Ponds. The trail goes through Carew Manor Wetlands and passes St. Mary’s Church, which is worth a closer look. After walking through Beddington Park and views on Wilderness Island from across the Wandle you reach the beautiful Morden Hall Park, a former deer park.
Not long after the trail passes Deen City Farm with a small cafe serving home-made food. You continue following the Wandle when opposite a large working waterwheel gives away the location of Merton Abbey Mills with a small number of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops.
Three more parks are awaiting along the Wandle Trail; Wandle Meadow Nature Park, Garratt Park, and King George’s Park. The final section leads through an industrial area to the point where the Wandle flows into the Thames.