1. The Wandle Trail
Total distance: 20km
Difficulty: Easy – a wide, sign-posted gravel path is good for cyclists of all abilities.
Popular with families in high-vis jackets and giddy couples on ‘activity’ dates, this easy-to-navigate route follows the River Wandle from Wandsworth down to Croydon. It’s a flat, meandering, pretty trail that takes in south-west London’s bounty of parks and green spaces. Pick up National Cycle Route 20 from Wandsworth Town Station and enjoy a mostly traffic-free ride with plenty of nature spots along the way – until you get to Croydon, that is.
Highlights: Hunting down the blue plaques and local history facts of the cute ‘Wandle Art Trail’.