Morden Hall Park and Merton Abbey Mills (Morden to Colliers Wood)
Length: 4.6 km (2.9 mi)
Net Walking Time: 1 ½ hrs
Meet: Morden Station at 18.45 hours.
Morden station is the southern terminus of the Northern Line, and in Zone 4. Travel time from Bank is 32 minutes. Colliers Wood is 2 stops closer to Central London on the same line.
First Outing of this South London walk, short enough to finish before darkness.
This walk does a loop around the NT's Morden Hall Park
(free entry) with rose garden, waterways, reed beds, and parkland and then follows the River Wandle
in a northerly direction. After passing Deen City Farm
, it passes Merton Abbey Mills
, a collection of heritage industrial buildings which are now cafés, bars and restaurants.
Morden Hall Park 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 and the Hall is empty. [Cafés and shops in the grounds will be shut in the evening.]
Merton Abbey Mills is a former William Morris 'arts and crafts'-factory.
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