Planes, Paddles, Parks & Pedals in the Wandle Valley

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Leisure Cycling/Any Bike
Feb 03
2019

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30 miles along quite roads and trails

Join us for a leisurely Sunday ride taking in the historic mills and parks of the Wandle Valley, followed by a glimpse into Croydon's rich aviation history from the golden age of air travel at Croydon Airport, then finishing off with a relaxed ride up the scenic Waterlink Way and exploration of the Surrey Docks.

We’ll be taking cycle trails and quiet roads where possible so this event is open to members with all levels of experience.

Once we've ridden to the mouth of the River Wandle, we'll proceed along the route of what was once London's hardest working river, taking in Merton Abbey Mil (with its market and pottery), Morden Hall Park, Snuff Mill and Beddington Park.

After stopping for lunch we'll then cycle to Croydon Airport (London’s original International Airport) where a fellow ODL member will provide a 30-minute guided tour to the world’s first Air Traffic Control tower and fully integrated passenger terminal, with time to look around ourselves afterwards.

Admission to the museum is a £4 donation payable on the day directly to the museum. Participation in the tour is at the rider's discretion and is completely optional.

The second half of the ride takes in the Waterlink Way, which joins up many of Lewisham's parks and nature reserves (inlcuding South Norwood Country Park) whilst following the course of the Pool & Ravensbourne Rivers. After arriving at Greenwich we'll then follow the Thames Path north west to enjoy the riverside views and old docks of Rotherhithe, finishing with a ride through Stave Hill Ecology Park to Greenland Dock where we'll stop at a dockside venue for some refreshment.  

This is intended for anyone with a bike, but short sections in the 2nd half of the ride can be gravelly and muddy in winter and so may not be suitable for slick tyres on a road bike. I'd suggest at least 28C tyres if using a road bike and avoid bringing carbon road bikes to prevent damage on bumpy ground.

Worried about doing the full distance?

The pace will be very relaxed, but if you'd like to leave the ride early then we'll pass by both West & East Croydon stations around the 15 mile mark (just after the airport visit) and will then pass a station every few miles along the rest of the route.

Travelling back to start point?

The ride ends at the Surrey Quays Overground station with trains to Clapham Junction every 15 minutes.

Wandle Trail - Merton Abbey Mill
Wandle Trail - Morden Hall Park
Wandle Trail - Croydon Airport
Wandle Trail - Snuff Mill
Wandle Trail - River Wandle
Wandle Valley - Croydon Airport Tower
Wandle Trail - Croydon Airport Museum
Wandle Trail - Merton Abbey Mill
Wandle Trail - Morden Hall Park
Wandle Trail - Croydon Airport
Wandle Trail - Snuff Mill
Wandle Trail - River Wandle
Wandle Valley - Croydon Airport Tower
Wandle Trail - Croydon Airport Museum

Location

51.465345373685, -0.17098866685797