The South London Riverside Stroll that hardly feels such as you’re on the town with pubs each few miles


Since the weather at the weekend made us particularly excited to get out of lockdown, we are looking for more days in the capital.

We can go to the pub with friends now. What better way to enjoy the spring sunshine than with a walk and a beer?

And we only have the ticket.

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The River Wandle meanders through the boroughs of South London.

It rises at Croydon and runs through Sutton and Merton before flowing into the Thames at Wandsworth.

The river meanders through south London

Following the river is the 19 km long Wandle Trail, which is perfect for a long spring walk.

There you can watch the seasons change as the water flows by.

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The icing on the cake of this great day is that every few kilometers you will find a pub to refresh yourself in.

Aside from drinking, there are some interesting things to see, such as Merton Abbey Mills, which has an open air market every weekend.

There you can also see one of the few remaining water wheels that used to line the river.

The water wheel at Merton Abbey Mills

Due to its industrial use, the river was once considered one of the dirtiest in the city.

Today, thanks to the hard work of people trying to improve the environment, brown trout have returned and other fish are thriving.

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Deen City Farm is also worth a visit.

It’s a working community farm with a good range of animals including alpacas.

One of the residents of Deen City Farm

Entry is free, but the farm depends on donations. If you enjoy doing it, do what you can.

The trail is easy enough as it starts at East Croydon Station and ends near Wandsworth Station.

On the way it happens near Earlsfield and Haydons Road train stations, as well as Colliers Wood and Morden underground stations.

That said, if all you want to do is walk a short section, that’s perfectly doable.

Wandle is a corner of London that is often overlooked by walkers, but with its rich heritage, pretty nature and good pubs. You’d be an idiot if you missed it.

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