We haven't done this section of the walk before in this direction before, it's around 6-7 miles.
The River Wandle is a 12 mile stretch that runs south from the Thames down to Waddon. This River was famous in the 1800's and known as Britain’s ‘hardest working river’, with over 90 mills along, its banks.
It is now a green corridor running 11 miles south of the Thames. Amazingly (for London) you can walk down this entire stretch, most of it on riverside paths. We'll be doing the stretch from Waddon to Colliers Wood.
This is an urban walk following the river along a green corridor of Parks and Green spaces, finishing at the gorgeous Morden Hall Park and surrounding wetlands. It was a Snuff Mill, and the owners built themselves a grand country house in acres of walled land which now forms the Park and Wetlands, it's one on the most beautiful open spaces in London.
I just happen to know a great pub to stop off at the end in the lovely Merton Abbey Mills. Finishing Tube Station will be colliers wood or you can take a bus to Wimbledon in 10 mins.
Distance: 6-7 Miles aprox
Walking Time: 2-3.5 hours
Starting from: Waddon in Oystercard Zone 5
Finishing At: Colliers Wood Tube Station
Bring food as I'm not sure if we'll find somewhere that serves it. We will try to find a pub along the way.
how to find me: Tall woman bright red backpack
meeting point 1: Waterloo overland station, Under the clock in the middle if the ceiling 12.30
Meeting point 2: outside waddon overland station 13.30, no waiting at second meeting point. currently running 15 mins late! See you soon.
Things to bring:
Water!- at least 1 litre
Money for pub
Wear layered warm clothes, hiking boots, or the nearest thing you have.
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If you are interested in joining the leadership team and have an event you want to lead, or want to hep organise a weekend event let me know! I am always looking for assistant organisers. Come along and ask me about it, it's the best fun you can have!
Rugged Tracks is now the home of the consecutive BOGOFF!!!
On our day events if you buy one, you get the next hike you come to for free (doesn't have to be consecutive). Then, every consecutive hike you come to after that, you also get free.
We track this via the comments at the end of each walk, (if in doubt we'll look at the photo's).
Let's see who can get the most free this year!