|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 for groups, with a terrace.
On the south side of the bridge is Puntney (rail) station. On the north is Putney Bridge tube station.
Bishop's Park and Fulham Palace
Across the bridge on the north bank is the riverside Bishop's Park (urban beach, cafe by the children's play area), All Saints Church, and Fulham Palace.
Fulham Palace and Park (free entry), used by the Bishops of London from the 11thC until 1973, is a historic building with gardens, a small museum and art gallery, and a cafe with a garden terrace. The building, gardens, and grounds were neglected in the 20thC. Now run by a Trust, it is currently being restored.
Pryors Pavilion (the Tudor style riverside building next to the church) is not open to the public - its currently church offices.
Extend the walk
You can follow the Thames Path along the north or south banks on to Hammersmith, the next bridge. Don't walk back towards central London along the north bank - there's a long inland detour.
Colliers Wood is near the bottom of the Northern Line in zone 3. Putney Bridge is on the District Line.
On the south side of Putney Bridge is Putney station (trains to Waterloo). On the north is Putney Bridge tube station (District Line).
For drivers, Colliers Wood has (mostly) free parking at weekends, and after 6:30 weekdays. Regular buses return from Putney to Tooting Broadway. From there, its either 1 tube stop, a 1km walk, or a bus.
Home Community Cafe in St Andrews Church, Earlsfield. Not only a great name for a church, but a great cafe too!. Open to 5pm Mon-Fri, 2pm Sat. Closed Xmas and Easter.
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.
Colliers Wood to Earlsfield
- 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) and cross the river.
- Leaving the river path, turn left on Summerley Street.
- In 200m, you reach Garett Lane and Earlsfield town centre (shops, cafes, pubs). Just to your right is St Andrews Church was has the nice Home Community Cafe.
- Turn left on Garett Lane. Pass Earlsfield station.
- In 75m turn left on Penwith Road. This road crosses over the Wandle.
- In 50m, take the first right on to Strathville Road.
- The next section leaves the 'official' Wandle Path, as new developments have opened up a shorter route along a newly opened section of river path.
- Current Route: In 30m take the first left, still on Strathville Road. In 40m, take the first right on Knaresborough Road. In 30m, take the first right on Riverdale Drive.
- Future Route: Once a new development is finished, you will be able to go straight on (now Duntshill Road). At the bend, turn left on Flock Mill Place, take the footpath over a footbridge, and turn right along the riverside path
- Rejoin the riverside path, and you soon enter King George's Park.
Earlsfield to the Thames
- Folow 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 (Waitrose, cafes).
- 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)
The Thames to Putney
Putney Bridge, Bishop's Park and Fulham Palace
- Cross the bridge. Turn right on Gonville Garden for Putney Bridge tube station
- Or, to explore the Palace and Park, cross the road to All Saints Church.
- Walk through the churchyard, and visit the church (free entry). Exit on the far side of the churchyard, through a pedestrian gate into Fulham Palace park.
- Pass the walled garden to reach the main Palace building. Enter the palace via its cafe, and walk through it (free entry).
- Exit into Bishops Palace Park (cafe by the children's play area)
- After looking around the park, return along the riverbank to Putney Bridge, passing a mock Tudor building.