Battersea to Colliers Wood Section 4
Distance 7.2 miles / 11.5 km
Battersea Power Station I Battersea Park I Peace Pagoda I Thames Path I St Mary’s Church I River Wandle I King George’s Park I Wandle Meadow Nature Park
Battersea Power Station
SECTION 4 Introduction
Heading south, this section of our North South Trail, follows the river through Battersea Park with its pretty Peace Pagoda and then along the Thames Path as far as Wandsworth Bridge before turns away from the riverbank onto the smaller and progressively more rural-seeming River Wandle. The Wandle Trail takes you all the way to Colliers Wood. Don’t miss St Mary’s Church in Battersea, the oldest in the area and itself built on the site of a former church dating back to 800AD.
From the tube, follow signage to the front of Battersea Power Station. As this area is still under development, the route may be subject to change. The path initially runs parallel to the river and under a rail bridge and then by a walkway under Chelsea Bridge and into Battersea Park. The route then follows the Thames Path along the river all the way to Wandsworth Bridge and beyond the massive Wandsworth Recycling Centre until it crosses the River Wandle. Turning away from the river, the route follows the signposted Wandle Trail all the way to Colliers Wood. This section is nearly all off road and almost completely flat.
Directions coming soon
St Mary's Church
St George's Park
WHY NOT TRY
The London section of this National Trail stretches 79.5 miles from Teddington in the west to beyond the Thames Barrier at Erith in the east. On our route, instead of turning down the Wandle at Wandsworth, you can continue along the Thames Path towards Richmond (9 miles away).
If you’re very keen you can keep going all the way to the source of the River Thames near Trewsbury Mead, Gloucestershire. But that might take a few days..
Battersea Power Station tube is on a new branch of Northern Line two stops from Kennington. Battersea Park Station is also nearby, with trains to Croydon and Victoria.
Colliers Wood is on the Morden branch of the Northern Line and is also on local bus routes.
Not hard to find. Among others, there are toilets in Battersea Power Station, Battersea Park by the river, Southside Shopping Centre, King Georges Park and Sainsbury’s in Colliers Wood.
ALONG THE WAY
Battersea Power Station
Decommissioned as a coal-fired power station in the early 1980s, Battersea Power Station had been falling into disrepair until it was recently given a billion pound make-over and re-opened in 2022 as a huge shopping centre. There is also a cinema and a lift up to the top of the North-West chimney for 360 degree city views.
Peace Pagoda, Battersea park
In a beautiful position facing the Thames, this ornate pagoda features a series of gilt-bronze statues which represent the most significant stages of Buddha’s life. The pagoda is open to all but these statues are considered sacred.
Turner & St Mary’s Church
This church is Grade 1 listed for its combined heritage and architectural merit. J.M.W Turner lived across the river in Chelsea and was rowed over every day so he could paint in the church. “Turner’s Chair” is still there and is situated under the pulpit. Turner is commemorated by a stained glass window and there is another one which remembers William Blake, who married in the church.
FOOD AND DRINK
Pear Tree Café
Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ
A waterfront café with plenty of outdoor seating, perfect for a sunny day. Serves brunch, lunch, hot & cold drinks and snacks.
41 Jews Row, SW18 1TB
Historic pub with a full menu of light snacks and classic pub fare if you’re looking for something more substantial, plus an outdoor barbeque kitchen in the pub garden along the river.
1 Bellwether Ln, London SW18 1UD
A local London brewery, with a fine tap room where you can get a pint straight from the tank, served with pizza from Crust Bros (which Emily thinks is some of the best you can get). Also has outdoor seating.