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Wild Croydon: Swimming through Croydon

Croydon is far more than its buildings, its home to marvelous waterways, aquatic birds and fish.
  • Location: High Street, Croydon 

Just beneath the feet of Croydon residents runs the quiet stream of an ancient and hidden river, the River Wandle. In the Victorian era the River Wandle was one of the hardest-working rivers in the world, with 90 mills along its length, and water so pure and clear that it attracted prestigious printers like William Morris and Arthur Liberty. 

Croydon has various lakes and ponds that make up Croydon’s natural waterways, all worth a day out to discover.

Did you know…

At Waddon Pond there are a wide variety of aquatic birds that can be found and observed, such as the great grebe and the heron which can be seen living along the waters edge.  On a sunny day terrapins can also occasionally found on the waters edge.

The pond is only a short bus ride away from the town centre on the 407 heading towards Sutton, if you get off at Alton Road.

Did you know…

South Norwood lake is the largest body expanse of open water in Croydon. Varieties of fish to be found include; carp, bream, perch, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and northern pike.

The park is a great place to visit with a trim trail for those fitness fanatics with tennis and basketball courts, fishing and playground for the kids

Did you know…

The River Wandle is about 9 miles long and passes through Croydon, Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth, where it joins the Thames. The Wandle Trail is great route to follow, to take in the environment and can be enjoyed by foot or on a bike.

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