Extra Walk 273 – Mitcham Junction to Colliers Wood
Length: Up to 14¾ km (9.2 miles). Toughness: 1/10
10:47 Epsom train from Victoria (Clapham Jct 10:54, Balham 11:00), arriving Mitcham Junction (TfL Zone 4) at 11:09. The alternative Thameslink service from central London isn't running but you could arrive by tram (every few minutes on Route 3, taking 12 minutes from Wimbledon or 15 minutes from East Croydon); however, be aware that although tram journeys are covered by a Travelcard, you have to pay extra on Oyster.
I'm not sure how much demand there will be for walks this weekend, but this shortish London one does at least give you plenty of drop-out points along the way if you need to finish early. In the morning you head south past a large area being transformed into a new nature reserve, then loop through Beddington Park to a lunch stop in Carshalton. The most convenient pub is The Sun but real ale fans won't want to miss a visit to The Hope. The afternoon leg follows the Wandle Trail, a riverside path taking in some attractive parkland and more local nature reserves, with tea available at the National Trust's Potting Shed café in Morden Hall Park. You can either finish here or complete the full walk past Merton Abbey Mills to Colliers Wood tube station (on the Northern line, in Zone 3).
You'll need to print the walk directions and maps from the Mitcham Junction to Colliers Wood Walk page. T=swc.273
This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.