Category Archives: Wandle Wanderer

How Bedlam is being transformed through arts and walks

WANDLE WANDERINGS: Not for the first time, KEN TOWL’s gone off the beaten track. And with good reason Bedlam, said Colin Gale, has become a byword for chaos, a symbol of suffering and confusion. Gale, the multi-qualified archivist at the … Continue reading

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Shirley’s surprises hidden in the heath on Addington Hills

WANDLE WANDERINGS: Under gin-blue skies, KEN TOWL headed for the hills and encountered views that could rival a New England Fall Advertisements in the Sunday newspaper supplements for trips to Boston to see the glories of the New England “Fall”, … Continue reading

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Bramley Bank is magical, especially off the beaten track

NATURE NOTES: MOIRA O’DONNELL this week takes you on a guided tour of one of her favourite parts of Croydon Bramley Bank Nature Reserve. Just its name is enough to conjure up the image of an enchanted place, full of … Continue reading

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Riverside walk with swans, meadows and Nelson’s fishing pond

WANDLE WANDERINGS: It’s Wandle Fortnight, and we asked our non-resident rambler, KEN TOWL, to explore the Wandle Trail This is a three-borough walk from one park to another, tracing the course of the nascent river Wandle as it births in … Continue reading

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Follow Kenley’s yellow brick road for a high-flying ramble

WANDLE WANDERINGS: There’s a Bank Holiday coming up and our loyal reader KEN TOWL has found a rambling route of just over two miles which includes a star-gazing observatory, a yellow brick road, the ghostly swishing of gliders, and two … Continue reading

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Do the New Addington Bear walk, and discover Fickleshole

WANDLE WANDERINGS: If you fancy venturing out for a shortish (two miles) amble and a pub lunch at an historic inn, loyal reader KEN TOWL has a suggested route that should charm and delight A few weeks ago, I was … Continue reading

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A haven of wild peace and tranquility just off the A23

The WANDLE WANDERER detours from the riverside and finds a surprising oasis of calm and natural beauty within sight of the Purley Way I probably shouldn’t be telling you this. It may undermine the calm and peace of this particular, … Continue reading

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