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UK River Wandle - Fishing

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Lat: 51.442883
Lng: -0.191531

Marker owner: dnorris

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UK River Wandle
Marker Description: The River Wandle is a river in south-east England.

Free trout fishing in London. It holds a good head of fish with most being trout and grayling but it really winds me up as the bread and sweetcorn brigade damage the smaller fish which often die and any bigger fish end up in some frying pan. Salmon and sea trout run this stream although nowhere near what it was due to major issues on the main river this stream enters.

The names of the river and of Wandsworth are thought to have derived from the Old English "Wendlesworth" meaning "Wendle's Settlement". The river runs through southwest London and is about 9 miles (14 km) long. It passes through the London Boroughs of Croydon, Sutton, Merton, and Wandsworth to join the River Thames on the Tideway at Wandsworth. Much of the River is accessible using the Wandle Trail.

Rain falls on the North Downs, filters through the chalk and emerges on the spring line. At the top of the catchment the river is mostly culverted. The river is first visible at Wandle Park in Croydon. The flow is augmented at the Wandle's two main sources, both at about 115 ft (38 yd, 35 m) above sea level. These are a pond in Waddon Ponds beside Mill Lane, Croydon; and a secondary source at Carshalton Ponds.

Other sources include the Norbury Brook/River Graveney tributary which rises near the Lower Addiscombe Road in Croydon and flows through the London Boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth and Merton. Two seasonal streams, the Coulsdon Bourne and the Caterham Bourne, run in wet winters. They join together at Purley, run in a culvert north along the Brighton Road and join the River Wandle at the Swan and Sugarloaf pub in South Croydon.

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Re: UK River Wandle Posted by dnorris Tue. August 07, 2012 08:12 pm
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