This post features a guided walk designed by the National Trust
A Walk in Morden Park is the Perfect Autumn London Get-Away
I’ve been chasing the autumn colors here in Britain over the last few weeks. October is my favorite month of the year. The weather here in London has been perfect for me as it’s neither too hot or cold which is perfect for autumn strolls. I made my way to a part of London I had never been before – there’s so much to do in this city! For all my London guides head here.
Morden Park includes Morden Hall itself, Morden Cottage, the Snuff Mills, the Stableyard cafe, bookshop. and the National Trust’s only Garden Centre.
Inside these preserved snuff mills is where tobacco was once ground into snuff. The mills were created in the 19th century and contributed greatly to the fortune of Morden Hall’s then resident families. Today, the parkland is open to stroll through with many routes and paths alongside the River Wandle.
The tree-lined avenues of autumn hues provide so many picture-perfect spots, and really set the seasonal tone.
In all, our walk was 2 miles, and it covered pretty much all of the estate and grounds. We entered between Potting Shed Cafe and the Garden Centre, turned right under the archway and followed the signs to the Snuff Mill where we crossed the bridge over the River Wandle (pictured below).
We followed the path past the rose garden and turned right, crossing another bridge and took the first path on the right and passed through the rose garden on our right again.
Continuing on the path into the arboretum we passed by the statues of Neptune and Venus and kept following the path with the river on our right. The path eventually forks and stay left.
Walk along the “avenue” of chestnut trees and recross the bridge and keep straight.
Crossing over the white bridge you will see Morden Hall.
The directions get confusing here IF the gate to the house is shut, but if not – you want to cross back over the bridge into the park, and find the dragonfly signpost that leads you to the wetlands.
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After leaving the wetlands at the T junction turn left and head back towards Morden Hall which leads you to where you started. You can download the full guided walk by the National Trust here.
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