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Thursday, 3 October 2019

Evening Walk - 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 18.00 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.

This walk will have to circumvent the core of the NT's Morden Hall Park with its rose garden etc. as that area will be shut for the day, and instead focus on the still accessible waterways, reed beds, and parkland and then follow 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. Merton Abbey Mills is a former William Morris 'arts and crafts'-factory.

Eat/Drink: The Merton Apprentice at Merton Abbey Mills; The Charles Holden, or The Royal Standard by Colliers Wood tube station. 

For walk directions, map, and gpx/kml files click here. T=short.13

1 comment:

Thomas G said...

The forecast was for quite a bit of the wet stuff, but it never really rained. Drops yes, rain no, i.e. w=very-overcast-but-substantially-dry
4 off the train, 1 more met on the boardwalk in the wetlands (having walked back the route from Colliers Wood), i.e. n=5
We stopped at The Merton Apprentice and 4 of us then also stopped at The Charles Holden for a meal, some chat and a few liquids.