Sunday 16 September, 2018
On Sunday 18 September 1988, Colin Saunders led a 12-mile walk to launch the Wandle Trail, from Wandsworth to Croydon. Over 200 people turned up and there were not enough of the just-published guide to go round.
The 30th anniversary of the Trail will be celebrated on 16 September with a choice of six free guided walks from 2.5 to 17 miles, led by members of the Wandle Valley Forum, Ramblers and Long Distance Walkers Association.
Walk 1 (2.5 miles, afternoon). Earlsfield Station (3.45 pm) to Wandsworth Town Station.
Walk 2 (4 miles, afternoon). Wandle Park tram stop, Croydon (1.30 pm) to Mitcham Junction, including Beddington Park.
Walk 3 (4 miles, afternoon). Morden Hall Park (Snuff Mill, 2.30 pm, near Morden Station) to Earlsfield Station, including talks about local history.
Walk 4 (4.5 miles, morning). Circular from Mitcham Junction Station (10.0 am). Includes ‘Hidden Mitcham’ and a visit to the Wandle Industrial Museum (entry fee £1.50 including refreshments).
Walk 5 (7 miles, all day). Wandle Park tram stop, Croydon (10.30 am) to Morden Hall Park (near Morden Station), with a stop for picnic lunch in Carshalton.
Walk 6 (17 miles, all day). Charing Cross Station forecourt (9.30 am) to George Street tram stop in Croydon, including part of the Thames Path as well as the Wandle Trail and with a lunch stop at cafés in Morden Hall Park. This walk will be led by the very same Colin Saunders, who has since written guides to the Capital Ring, London Loop, North Downs Way and Pymmes Brook Trail, and will be happy to sign your copies if you bring them along.
All walks will be at an easy to moderate pace, except for Walk 6 at a brisk pace. For further details contact Melanie Nunzet at firstname.lastname@example.org. The walks will be part of Wandle Fortnight from 8 to 23 September, details of which will be available on the Wandle Valley Forum website www.wandlevalleyforum.org.uk.
For further details contact Melanie Nunzet at email@example.com
Image: cropped from Garry Knight, Flickr