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Wilderness Island (also known as Scawens Moor, ‘Watersmeet’)9519

Brief Description

Wilderness Island is an industrial landscape dating back to the C17th, with remains of watercourses belonging to mills situated at the confluence of two arms of the River Wandle. There is a well-preserved fish pond, and the site had former use as pleasure grounds. It is now maintained for its ecological value as a nature reserve.


The 1st edition OS map of 1867 shows the island under wood with an area to the south up to the railway embankment as open land.

Visitor Facilities

Opening is unrestricted.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Opening is unrestricted.


Rail: Hackbridge; Carshalton. Bus: 151, 127