|Start||Colliers Wood tube station|
|Finish||Putney Bridge tube station|
5.5 miles (8.8 km)
|Time||1 hour 30 minutes.|
This walk follows the last 4 miles of the River Wandle Trail in south west London to the River Thames, then follows a pretty stretch of the Thames Path through Wandsworth Park to Putney. The walk finishes at a large riverside pub, with options to continue along the Thames Path or explore 2 more riverside parks. To be fair, the Wandle stretch isn't the prettiest of walks, but it is a convinient stroll to nice (Thames) riverside parks and pubs for south west Londeners.
The Wandle Trail section is a mix of paths alongside a narrow river, small urban parks and open spaces (some nice, some unkempt) passing back gardens and some industrial areas. The Trail is waymarked, but mainly for cyclists (blue signs with a water wheel for cyclists, green signs with a water wheel for walkers). The route is being improved over time as former industial areas are gentrified. The river has an interesting industrial heritage, it has a very steep gradient, so it was channelled to drive water wheels, now the route's symbol. This section passes Earlsfield and Wandsworth, both hasve stations and shopping areas.
The Thames path section is much more picturesque, with a wide riverside promenade, and an urban park with an avenue of trees.
At Putney Bridge, there is a riveride Wetherspoons pub, suitable fro groups, with a terrace.
You can continue along the Thames Path for a longer walk, or cross Putney Bridge station to Putney Bridge tube station. Also across the bridge is the riverside Bishops Park (with an urban beach), All Saints Church, and Fulham Palace Parks. Fulham Palace (free entry) has gardens and cafe with a garden terrace.
Colliers Wood is near the bottom of the Northern Line in zone 3. Putney Bridge is on the District Line.
For drivers, Colliers Wood has free parking at weekends. On weekdays, the closest (reliable) free parking is around SW19 2HL. Use the cut-through to Devonshire road. Turn left. Continue on to Clarendon. Right on Colwood Gardens. Right to the tube station. Regular buses return from Putney to Tooting Broadway. From there, its either 1 tube stop, a 1km walk, or a buse.
The Rocket. SW15 2JG - A Wetherspoons pub by Putney Bridge. Rivers views. Outside terrace. Suitable for groups. Real ales. Serves food all day.
Fulham Palace's Drawing Room Cafe - in the Palace building. Terrace. Expensive / poor reviews, so best just for tea and cake.
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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The directions for this walk are also in a PDF (link above) which you can download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone. OpenStreetMap (not OS) mapping is used in the PDF for licence reasons.
- Exit Colliers Wood tube station, cross the main road, and follow the pedestrian road with the pub on your left. NB: The Wandle Trail has just been re-routed here, so isn't as shown on older maps.
- Enter Wandle Park NT. Continue ahead to join the Wandle Trail which you follow to the Thames
- After the 2nd small bridge, turn right. The path soon veers to your left (north)
- At the park exit, turn left on to South Road.
- In 25m, cross the Wandle on a bridge, and turn right to follow the riverside path.
- Cross to the right bank at the next bridge (North Street), head north (veering right, away from the river bank). NB Do not follow the riverside path - it peters out soon after a bridge, becomes overgrown, and is eventually blocked by a rail line.
- In 150m, go under a railway bridge. In 50m you rejoin the river bank.
- At the next bridge (Plough Lane, a main road), cross to the left bank
- At the next bridge (Trewint Street), you have to detour away from the river. Turn right along Trewint Street (a lane). Cross the river. Turn left on Summerley Street.
- In 200m, turn left on Garett Lane. Pass Earlsfield station.
- In 75m turn left on Penwith Road. (Cyclists take a slightly longer route here)
- In 175m, turn right on Acuba Road.
- Enter King George's Park. Follw the path through the park, rejoining the Wandle. Cross Kimber road, and continue through the park. The path leaves the Wandle
- As you pass a lake, the back of the Southside Shopping centre is to you right.
- At the north end of the park, turn right on Buckhold Road.
- You reach the Wandsworth 1-way system. The route here will be improved when the large Brewary redevelopment finishes.
- The current pedestrian (not cycle) route is as follows. Cross the busy main road (South Circlar Road). Turn left, then in 25m, turn right on Wandsworth Plain road. At the end, cross South Circular Road (again!), and turn right on the other side. In 25m, at Dormay Street, turn half left on to a lane (The Causeway), to rejoin the Wandle
- Follow the Wandle past an industrial area, and under a railway line.
- You meet the Thames Path (you can continue on for 25m but its a dead end)
- Turn left (west) on the Thames Path to cross a bridge over a dock.
- When the residential development is finished, you will turn right here to meet the Thames, but for now skirt around the outside of the building site. Join Enterprise Way. First right on Osiers Road. Continue ahead through the residential area (path the strategically placed plants that make it appear to be private) to the Thames. Turn left (west) along the Thames side path
- Enter Wandsworth park. At its far end, the Thames path leaves the river. Go through a wide pedestrian gate about 40m inland to enter Blade Mews. At its end, turn left then right to continue along Deodar Road. Pass under a railway bridge. At the end, it curves right towards the river. Continue along a lane for 20m to rejoin the Thames
- In 75m, you come to The Rocket pub (a Wetherspoons), and Putney Bridge.
- To return to Colliers Wood : turn left on Putney Bridge Road, then left again to a bus stop. Catch a bus to Tooting Broadway. Alight by the tube station. From there, either walk 1km along the A24 (passing Sainsburys), go 1 stop on the tube, or catch a frequent bus from outside Sainsburys, back to Colliers Wood.
- To continue walking : follow the Thames Path along the south bank for 2.5km to Hammersmith Bridge. Cross the bridge. Its 500m to Hammersmith tube.
- To visit Bishop's Park, All Saints Church, and Fulham Palace : Cross the bridge over the Thames, cross the road, and head west along the Thames Path (now on the north bank). Visit All Saints Church (Open except during services, free entry), and Bishop's Park with its urban beach. Turn right through woodland to enter Fulham Palace park. Entrance to palace is free, and it has a cafe.
- To continue, cross the bridge. Turn right on Gonville Garden for Putney Bridge tube station