Wandle Trail Part 2 – Nicola & Hazel’s Walk

We recreated this walk live on Sunday 4th March 2018 at 8pm GMT. If you missed it you can catch up on mixcloud. Please listen, like, repost and leave a comment.

This is the route we followed click.

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We started our walk in Garfield Park, with children’s playground at north end and Garfield School to the south.

 

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Over the bridge, River Wandle and across the flood plain of the Wandle Meadows nature reserve.

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Hazel wearing her snow moustache!
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Industrial meets nature on the Wandle Trail heading north towards Plough Lane.

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Aspen tree bark is easy to spot once you know what you’re looking for: it appears to have been slashed with a razor.
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Blackthorn blossom means sloes later in the year.
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Way marker on the Wandle Trail: much effort has gone into improving this route as a quietway
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This is the confluence of the River Wandle and the mighty River Graveney, where the Thameslink railway lines crosses the water.

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This peaceful spot is where Cappagh wants to site a noisy, polluting concrete batching plant. Boo!

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Across busy Plough Lane……..and the path continues north towards Earlsfield
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Fruit trees planted by – ssshhh – our own local guerrilla gardener. Trees donated by Homebase just round the corner on Weir Road.
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Parakeets aplenty, as well as magpies, jays, bramblings, wrens, robins and even two woodpeckers!
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The old mill building in Coppermill Lane. Now squeezed between car dealerships and electricity substation.

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Industrial activity on this part of the Wandle is much noisier and dirtier. Foliage coated in filth from Reston Waste and Cappagh units bordering the fast flowing river.

 

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Cappagh crushing plant.

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Glorious nature through industrial area.
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Wandsworth rifle range

 

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The lovely Colliers Wood walkers

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Plaques along the Wandle Trail mark ordinary users of this route.
Plaques along the Wandle Trail mark ordinary users of this route.
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Former mill pond, now sadly a popular spot for flytiping

 

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The so-called ‘missing link’
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Trewint Street planting
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Our walk ends at Earlsfield station.
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5 thoughts on “Wandle Trail Part 2 – Nicola & Hazel’s Walk

  1. Sounds like a very nice trip … Dom, I liked Hazel’s snow mustache and the touch of snow along the way – just enough to make it scenic, but not too much to make things “slickery” to walk. The trees are unique looking in the one picture … do they grow like that or are they lopped off because they are in the way of overhead electrical lines? We have our energy provider come along and they cut the trees along the street so they don’t interfere with low-hanging wires … they look like a line of slingshots. I really like how you use the pictures to show the walk. I felt like I tagged along with you.

    1. Hi Linda, I asked that Nicola about that. They are pollarded and cut back and maintained like that. I’m not sure if it is the civic council that do it or the guerrilla gardener. Have you heard the podcast? Please give it a listen. I’m trying to get it to trend on Mixcloud https://www.mixcloud.com/WandsworthRadio/walking-wandsworth-13-wandle-trail/. Last week we got 1300 listens. It’s a long way off that this week.Thanks for reading and supporting walkingpod.com

      1. No, Dom – I have not yet, but I do intend to. I wrote an extremely long post yesterday, kind of in your style, walking along taking pictures like I do on the weekends when I have more time for a leisurely walk. A cantankerous swan, whose picture I was taking (along with its mate), suddenly got nasty, climbed out of the water and came after me! I got a closeup of him, but beat a hasty path! Thank you for the link and I will give it a listen. Hope your snow has left – we are getting more tonight and through the week – not a lot but enough to mess up my walking regimen. That is interesting about the trees – so they are deliberately cut/maintained that … thanks for that information.

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