Mitcham Common walk

Large wooded common popular with bird watchers

Start and Finish Mitcham Junction
Length

4km.

Time 1 hour 30 minutes.
Travel

Mitcham Junction (Zone 4) has trains from Victoria and trams on the Wimbledon - East Croydon line.

Park anywhere around the common, e.g. CR4 1JS. CPZ haven't made it this far yet.

Walk Notes

Mitcham Common is an ancient common in south London. It's a medium sized open space (about 1 mile x 1 mile), a mix of grassland, trees, small ponds, and a low (man made) hill. It is a bit run down and unloved. Good for a stroll if you live nearby, but not worth a long journey. It is bisected by several roads, some busy. The SW corner (by the train/tram station) is taken up by a golf course.

There are noticeboards/maps at the entrance to each region of the common, but take care crossing some of the roads between them! Don't follow this walk religiously - take time to explore. If you do, there are some extra isolated green spaces to the west of the common (and railway line), including Canons Recreation Ground (which has a Toby Carvery pub in a former stately home) and Cricket Green (where the first international test match was held).

There are plans to create a much larger north-south open space by linking the common with "Beddington Farmlands" (a former sewage works and landfill area turned wetlands nature reserve), and the existing Beddington Park (a large city park). As a planning requirement, the company that built a large waste incinerator to replace the landfill site have to create a wetlands park. As of Aug-19, not much is happening. The Beddington Farmlands area (between the Common to the north, and Beddington Park to the south) is closed to the public.

Eat

Crown of Mitcham - about 200m south of Mitcham Junction station. Good value Asian food. CR4 4HJ

Miller and Carver - overpriced carvery restaurant-pub in the middle of the common. CR4 1HT

The Ravensbury - upmarket Indian/Chinese restaurant/nightclub on the west of the common - popular, but not really suitable for walkers

Park Place - Toby Carvery restaurant and pub, free parking, cheap. CR4 4HB

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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234

Version

Sep-19

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Walk Directions  

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.

  1. Exit the train station via the tram platform exit, walk to the main road and turn left.
  2. After 20m turn left again into the woods. Follow the same path for 500m with a railway line visible to your left.
  3. Cross the railway bridge, and continue for 300m with the golf course on the left.
  4. At the tram track, follow it to the right untl you reach Beddington Lane station.
  5. Pass the station, at the road, cross the tracks then cross the main road. (Brookmead Road is now on your right)
  6. Walk into the common towards the low hill. From the summit carry on towards the Petrol Station (400m total)
  7. Cross the A236, and enter the next part of the common.
  8. Head towards the summit of the low hill then turn left (parrallel to the busy road) 300m
  9. Cross (now closed) Watneys Road, and continue in the same direction for 400m
  10. Pass a large low rise building on your right
  11. Cross Windmill Road (or turn left for a pub)
  12. Continue in the same direction along a low hill for 500m until you reach a pond.
  13. Bear Left until you reach the corned of the common. There is a roundabout with a pub (the Ravensbury Arms).
  14. Cross the road, walk past the pub and the small building, and head southfor 500m (with the golf course on your left) to reach the train station
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