Mitcham Junction to Colliers Wood walk

Nature Reserves and the Wandle Trail through south London


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.

Date # Post
Sat, 23-Dec-17 7

Saturday Walk – A Wandle wander (Mitcham Junction to Colliers Wood)

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
The Hope is a community owned pub that is the CAMRA Greater London Pub of the Year 2017, and is definitely worth visiting for its extensive range of real ales: Hope/SM5 2PR.aspx.
Yes, the Hope is great. The Sun is more yuppie with some good ales. The Race Course is worth a visit. The Greyhound overlooks the ponds being one of the sources of the Wandle, and does good food and Young's (non existent ales as they do not brew any more) ales.
And near Colliers Wood is the Trafalgar in High Path,
the sister pub to the Hope, with six real ciders or perries, and up to six ales. Nelson used to live nearby (Merton Place demolished) and there is a plaque in Merton High Street/Doel Close, on one of the newer builds. place
Just five walkers at the start, so perhaps a third walk wasn't really needed two days before Christmas. We briefly caught up with one who'd started earlier and another joined us in mid afternoon, so perhaps we can claim 7 on a mild and overcast day. It was disappointing to find that one of the walk's nicest stretches (through Watermeads) was still closed off because of the National Trust's tardiness in fixing an undermined bridge, or was it an underbridged mine? We were also mildly inconvenienced by a garden restoration project in Beddington Park, which apparently requires fencing off a vast area.

Despite the pleas for us to visit The Hope we had lunch in The Sun, which has a good selection of interesting beers and a nice ambience. Their kitchen was busy with a large Christmas party so our food took a little while coming; it was deemed OK but nothing special. Tea at the Morden Hall Park café, after which a gang of four completed the final leg to Colliers Wood in the twilight.
I was another walker who started early and encountered 1 person who was also ahead of the group and another one who was doing the walk backwards but anyway want to say that it was perfect for the time of year and I really appreciated the posting. MG
Sun, 18-Sep-16 13

Sunday Walk 2 – the Wandle valley in south London

New Walk – Mitcham Junction to Colliers Wood
Length: 14¾ km (9.2 miles). Toughness: 1/10

10:52 Epsom train from Victoria (Clapham Jct 10:59, Balham 11:03), arriving Mitcham Junction (TfL Zone 4) at 11:13. If it's more convenient you can also arrive by tram (every 7-8 minutes on route 3, taking 12 minutes from Wimbledon or 15 minutes from East Croydon), but be aware that tram and train journeys are charged separately.

At the end of the walk Colliers Wood is on the Northern line (Zone 3). There are many places along the way where you can drop out earlier; conversely, fans of Wandsworth's one-way system could extend the walk by 6 km to the end of the Wandle Trail.

I was planning to save this shortish London walk for a gloomy winter's day but it's Open House London weekend and you might be tempted to break off and explore some of the capital's less heralded buildings near this walk's route: Carshalton Water Tower, Morden Cottage, etc.

The walk itself goes past a large area being transformed into a new nature reserve and then swings round to head north on the Wandle Trail, a riverside path taking in some attractive parkland and more local nature reserves. The suggested lunch stop is The Sun in Carshalton, with tea at the National Trust's Potting Shed café in Morden Hall Park.

You'll need to print the walk directions and maps from this temporary New Walk page. T=swc.273
The Hope, Carshalton, is just 5 minutes from The Sun. Community owned, award winning back to basics pub
Train cancelled. Anyone getting the next one?
Decided to go home as I don't know how to contact the group, if there is one doing this walk, and don't fancy a solo walk today. Can we have a meeting point at stations for when trains are cancelled as its difficult to leave a comment using the mobile and not everyone has a mobile or internet connection.
Another walk marred by Southern's train crew declining to show up for duty, but at the appointed time eight walkers had already made their way to Mitcham Junction on earlier trains, trams, etc. That seemed enough to be going on with so off we went; in the course of the day we came across five others who'd done most if not all of the walk, though none had actually spotted the walk author's suggestion that anyone on a later train could start the walk at the next station down the line (Hackbridge), where I reckon we would have met them. So overall 13 on a mild but cloudy day.

There seemed to be some incredulity that anyone had concocted a walk between these two locations and I suspect one or two had turned up to see if the whole enterprise was some mistimed April Fool's joke, but as the day went on I think these (admittedly low) expectations were just about exceeded. On the morning leg we got to visit a fine Arts & Crafts church and a couple of unusual buildings, courtesy of Open House London. Half the group had lunch at The Sun which was pricey but arrived promptly and was well received, though it was *such* a shame to miss the jolly sing song apparently taking place at The Hope which we later heard about from one of our number who had detoured there.

The afternoon leg features some nice stretches alongside the River Wandle, with someone remarking that we saw more interesting birds than on many of our country walks: even the distant flash of a kingfisher darting up this much improved river. Some dropped out after tea in the National Trust's Morden Hall Park café but the rest made it to the downbeat surroundings of Colliers Wood for a tube back at 5.30pm: quite a long day out for a 9 mile walk.