|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 Dean City children's farm, it passes Merton Abbey Mill, 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 with fine views of the car park, The cottage is let out as a nursery school. There is another cafe in the eco-reovated stables which is usually closed.
Merton Abbey Millsa (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||Its 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 ridiculously 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 in front of you.
- Walk anti-clockwise around the park (through the rose garden, along a stream, (see note), into open parkland, past Phipps Bridge tram stop, and back to 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)
- Cross a foot bridge, and follow the path through the reed beds (signposted) towards Colliers Wood
- Pass the Children's Zoo (cafe), and continue along its drive
- Cross a small road, and continue towards Abbey Mills
- Cross the bridge into Abbey Mills. The pub has a roof terrace. There are some cafe's. The small Chinese, and next to it, the Brazilian, are recommended.
- Leave by the carpark and up to a busy road. Walk to your right around Sainsburys. Head north to the tube,