The starting point is
the mini roundabout at the intersection of Magdalen Road & Lyford Road.
Facing Wandswoth Prison turn left (westward and slightly downhill) on Magdalen
Road with the tennis club on your right. When you come to the wide gates of
Wandsworth Cemetery turn in and choose a route along the grid of paths among
The cemetery has been crammed into an irregular space between the road
and railway line and has (despite the trains) a peaceful air., partly due to
the to the mature trees throughout the site. As well as several thousand civil
graves there is a war cemetery with five 1914-1918 War Plots:
nearly 500 service men from all over the Commonwealth were buried here. This
was the closest burial ground to 3rd London General Hospital in the Royal
Victoria Patriotic building which housed thousands of wounded troops. In the
1914-1918 war. A further 115 were buried here in the1939-1945 war.
When you have finished wandering, exit the cemetery
through a pedestrian gate at the far end. Cross Magdalen Road into Tranmere
Road. Walk the length until you reach Waldron Road; turn right and then left
into Bridgford Street. At the end go straight across Burntwood Road and enter
Garratt Green playing field. Circumnavigate the field and exit where the fence
panel has been removed on the Aboyne Rad and mini roundabout.
Turn right up Burntwood Road and walk along beside the hedge; as you progress up the road you will see glimpses of the Springfield Hospital re-development site. When you reach the intersection with Beechcroft Road, cross Burntwood Lane and keep going for a short distance before turning left into Sandgate Lane; turn left.
Immediately into Sandgate Lane, bear right on to a woodland path into The Scope area of Wandsworth Common; take this until you reach a wide tarmac path with streetlamps; turn left and follow the path to the end on Lyford Road. Turn right and proceed along Lyford Road until you reach the starting point.
The walk starts
at Book House at the top of East Hill. Cross the road at the lights outside the
Co-op and turn left. Walk along the road and over the Trinity Road bridge and
its slip roads to reach the Common. Turn right over the grass and pass between
the two shrubberies on to a large expanse of grass called Northside Common;
try and spot the path across the middle, head for it and turn right so you are
heading south, parallel with Trinity Road. Follow
the path over the first cross paths to the second one (with another shrubbery
on your left). Bear left down the slope into the dip known as The Frying Pan,
the remains of an early gravel working.
On the far
side the path takes you up a slope to Windmill Road; cross this road and go
down John Archer Way, across the railway and past the Royal Victoria
Patriotic Building. At the end of this road there is a gate on to the playing
field. Turn left and walk round the edge including through the woodland above
the railway cutting. When you reach the tennis courts, skirt to the left of
them and enter the bowling green and flower garden. Your exit gate is directly
opposite; through this turn left by the Skylark Café. Bear left on the
path by the playground and walk to, and cross, the Cat’s Back bridge
over the railway.
other side there is a choice of four paths; take the diagonal path to the left
at 45 degrees to the railway. Go along this path and then cut across the grass
to Three Island Pond. Then go left along the path parallel to
Bolingbroke Grove until a tarmac path goes half left up to the playground. You
can then follow Chivalry Road until you reach Arundel Close. Go left and follow
the close round to the right; where the road runs out you will find a path
between the houses which eventually emerges on to Battersea Rise opposite the St
Marks Area of the Common.
towards the traffic lights and left again in to Spencer Park. Walk along the
right hand pavement until you reach Northside Common again at a point
where Spencer Park takes a sharp right to become a minor residential road; walk up this road until you can cross the grass
to the central path; follow this up to North Side Wandsworth Common. Cross this
road, the South Circular, at the zebra crossing and turn left.
arrive back at the starting point of the walk you will see Mount Nod Huguenot
Burial Ground behind the railing on your right, soon to be added to the long
list of Wandsworth’s open spaces.
An interesting and varied riverside walk including a circular of Wandsworth Park
The walk starts at Wandsworth Town Station. From the station turn left into Old York Road under the railway bridge. After the bridge turn right into the gardens to admire the Bramford Community Garden along the bottom of the railway embankment. Exit the park into Swandon Way, going to the pedestrian light to cross over into Smugglers Way to the left of McDonalds. After the shop called Roche Bobois, as the road goes left, go straight ahead on the pedestrian route between the blocks of flats until you reach the river where you turn left into Nickols Walk.
At the end
of the flats the path goes ahead but ends abruptly so, before you get to the
end, turn left into Waterside Path. When you emerge back into Smugglers Way
turn right along the front of the Waste Transfer Station. Keep going to reach a
footbridge over the Wandle. Normally it is pleasant to walk on the Spit but
this is currently closed off (March 2020).
At the end
of the footbridge turn right on to the newly opened path around the Riverside
Quarter development, keeping going past the Thames Clipper pier and the
houseboats, into Wandsworth Park. Walk on the path right around the perimeter
until you are by the playground, back in the direction you came from.
Skirt around to the right of the tennis court and Putt in the Park until you reach a low exit gate on to Northfields; cross this road to the street named Point Pleasant and follow this round the corner until just before the Cat’s Back pub where you turn left into Eastfields. Just past the entrance to an underground garage, turn right between the blocks to Osiers Road where you turn left. After a short while turn left into Enterprise Way (by a Sainsbury’s Local) and walk to the end where you are in sight of the footbridge over the Wandle that you crossed earlier. Cross the bridge and before you proceed look for the Society’s plaque on the wall. Now turn right immediately before the second bridge into The Causeway which runs eventually along Bell Creek (note the bell on the left half-way along and massive workings of the Thames Tideway on the right).
At the end
of The Causeway by the Crane pub you meet the A3/South Circular on the
Wandsworth One Way system. Cross this road at the pedestrian lights (to your
right) and walk along Wandsworth Plain, past a row of Georgian houses. At the
end turn left for 100 yards along Wandsworth High Street before turning left to
enter the Ram Quarter. Meander through area this to reach the far exit into Ram
Street. Turn left and follow the pavement round to the right to cross Fairfield
Street into Old York Road – and back to your starting point.
This walk will allow you to see every corner of the park starting from a point close to Garratt Lane Sainsbury’s.
the corner of Mapleton Road and Garratt Lane.You are standing in a pocket park alongside the River Wandle.
Facing the river look to the left and take passage-way and walk along beside
the river. After you cross the sports centre (formerly a lido, closed in 1993) will
be on your right.
At the end turn left along the edge of the playing
field and then up the steps or ramp to the upper playing field. Keep to the
left and take the path along the left-hand side of the field. At Kimber Road
cross at the pedestrian lights and follow the path along beside the river,
crossing the track which runs to the south of Nuffield Fitness. Continue on the
path where it begins to meander until you reach a major crossing of paths. At
this point the path is known as Foster’s Way named
after Corporal Edward Foster who was awarded the VC in 1917 and was
subsequently employed as a dustman by Wandsworth Council.
Turn left on to the link with the Henry Prince
Estate but turn right before you reach the footbridge over the Wandle and walk
along the path beside the river. Keep on when it becomes Riverdale Drive and at
the end turn right with the road and then right into Knaresborough Drive. When the
fence on the left ends leave the road and turn in to the park, turn sharp left
to walk around the edge of the field. Keep walking to reach the gate to the
park – and you are back on Foster’s Way.
Turn right and follow the tarmac path until you
reach a low gate to your left into a wooded area. Walk through the enclosure and emerge back
into the open park and follow the path past the allotments and sports pitches
of Southfields Academy. This merges with a path; after a short way leave this
and turn right to walk across the grass to a low gate. Cross the tarmac track
and go through the next low gate into the Nuffield Fitness car park. Exit on
the other side and walk across to another low gate on to Burr Road. Walk along Burr
Road to the T junction with Kimber Road where you turn right. Cross Kimber Road
and enter the park again (under the arch) along the west side. Follow along the
side of the park ignoring a path to the right, until you get to a T junction. Turn
right on the shared cycle-pedestrian path for a short distance until you reach the
entrance to the formal gardens behind Southside.
Take the path around the gardens and small lake and
return to this point. As you exit the formal area turn left, past the
playground and into Mapleton Road. Walk past the Wandle Recreation Centre back
to your starting point.
This pleasant riverside walk to Chelsea Bridge is currently obstructed in places by construction works but will one day offer aThames path amble all the way.
Start at the Trinity Road roundabout at the southern end of Wandsworth Bridge. Look for the Tesco Express, go between that and the flats into the communal gardens; turn left through the gardens of Battersea Reach to get to the terrace of the Waterfront pub.
Walk along parallel to the river and drop down on to the Thames Path. Follow this eastwards towards the Heliport then follow the Thames Path signage all the way to Chelsea Bridge. Cross the bridge and turn left along the Chelsea Embankment past the houseboats.
Where the Embankment bends to the right go straight on along Lots Road on the right-hand pavement (Cremorne Gardens is a pleasant spot if you need a rest). Where Lots Road turns right, you turn left across Chelsea Creek into Chelsea Harbour. Bear left. following the Thames Path signs around the development. The path takes you under a railway bridge on to the riverside path on the other side.
Walk along the river, possibly diverting into Imperial Park on your right or seeing a helicopter land or take off over the Thames to the left. The path comes to an abrupt temporary end; turn right along the path running at right angles to the river, turn left at the end and past a bus stop on to Townmead Road (past Fulham Wharf Sainsbury’s). Walk along Townmead Road to the end, turn left on to Wandsworth Bridge and you are back at the start point.