|Start||Morden underground station|
|Finish||Colliers Wood underground station|
|Time||1 hour 30 minutes.|
|Travel||The bottom of the Northern Line in zones 3 and 4|
This walk does a loop around the NT's Morden Hall Park (free entry) with rose garden, waterways, reed beds, and parkland. After passing Deen City (children's) Farm (Tue-Sun 10.00-16.30), it passes Merton Abbey Mills, a collection of heritage industrial buildings which are now cafes.
Morden Hall Park (NT, wikipedia). The estate has an interesting history. In Henry VIII's time, this area was part of Merton Abbey. In the 18th century, the area became an estate with a deer park, a cress farm, and had watermills. The last owner of the estate held large film star fairs in the 30's. The estate is now owned by the National Trust. The Hall is now empty. There is a free car park, garden centre, and cafe (09.00-18.00 daily) with fine views of the car park, The cottage is let out as a nursery school. There is another cafe in the eco-renovated stables (in summer open to 16.30).
Merton Abbey Mills (website, wikipedia), a former William Morris 'arts and crafts' factory, is not as popular as it once was (its free summer soul and jazz live music recently had to close due to alcohol related trouble, and opposition from the newly built flats in the area). There are still some picturesque buildings and small cafes.
|Eat||It's hard to recommend any of the pubs. The William Morris in Abbey Mills is usually quiet. The Charles Holden by Colliers Wood tube has a beer garden, but is expensive. The Standard, just past the tube, is a very traditional (i.e. old fashioned) pub. Next to Burger King is the Fayre and Square (chain, quiet, cheap food, popular with families), probably the best choice for groups, or people with children.|
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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The directions for this walk are also in a PDF (link above) which you can download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.
- Leaving Morden tube station, cross the road in front of you, and walk down Aberconway Road (past Lidl).
- At the end of the road, cross at the lights, and enter Morden Hall Park a lttle to the right.
- The water channel on your left is a river-fed moat around Morden Hall.
- You pass the National Trust-run Potting Shed Cafe, an NT shop and a plant nursery on your right.
- Further along pass The Stable Yard (Cafe and Bookshop) on your left, by The Snuff Mill on your right.
- Cross the River Wandle and pass Morden Cottage on your right. The Rose Garden is on your right hand side.
- Walk anti-clockwise around the park (through the rose garden, along a stream, (see next note), into open parkland, past Phipps Bridge tram stop, and back towards the rose garden.
- (At the end of the stream there is a park exit. There is an optional extension here into Ravensbury Park (wikipedia), another river Wandle park, again once a grand house, now just the faded grandeur park remains - recommended if you have the time - see map)
- Pick up the signposted Wandle Trail by a footbridge and turn right over the Wandle, and in 120m turn right with a signpost through the reed beds towards Colliers Wood (leaving the Wandle Trail). This soon goes over newly laid wooden boardwalks with some viewpoints and terraces along the way.
- Pick up the Wandle Trail again and cross the tram line. In 400m pass Deen City Farm (cafe & shop) on your left and continue in the same direction along its drive/car park.
- Cross Windsor Avenue, a small road, and continue towards Merton Abbey Mills.
- In 150m turn right to cross the bridge into Merton Abbey Mills. The William Morris pub has a roof terrace. The Merton Apprentice is a craft beer pub with a large outdoor seating area. There are also some cafes. The small Chinese, and next to it, the Brazilian, are recommended.
- Walk through the buildings and leave the area to the left by re-crossing the Wandle over another bridge and turn right along the Wandle Trail.
- Cross Station Road and veer right with the Wandle Trail, with the river on the right.
- In 260m, as you meet Merton High Street, turn right over a footbridge across the river and turn left along a new riverside path (with a large Sainbury's to the right).
- In 140m cross the Pickle Ditch on a footbridge and turn left around a pub to the High Street.
- Turn right along the road and in 220m reach Colliers Wood Underground.