Tuesday 3rd October – 33rd meeting of 2017
Today we went to enjoy the colours of Autumn at Morden Hall Park after a couple of our ladies saw it on Breakfast television. This belongs to The National Trust and was very easy to access by going to London Bridge and then taking the Northern Line to Morden and a short walk to the park.
The weather was perfect for this activity sunny bright and not windy or cold. Once we arrived we made our way to the Courtyard only to find the cafe was closed but all was saved when a gardener directed was to the Potting Shed Cafe cafe next to the Garden Centre. This was a very nice cafe and after a coffee and eats we set about a walk around the park.
The area cover 50 acres and was left to The National Trust by a kind-hearted philanthropist. The Hall itself is a fine building but is a residential dwelling not open to the public.
In the stable yard we went into the Snuff House and heard how snuff was made and how rich it made the owners that they managed to build the Hall. The River Wandle which was a very fast flowing river meant that the water-mill could be built to grind all the ingredients needed to make snuff. In the 1800’s along all of the banks of Wandle River there was industry making it one of the busy areas of London.
From here we walked through the beautiful Rose Garden and then wound our way around the whole of the park. They were lots of people enjoying the peace and tranquillity. Quite amazing to think that we were in London really because it had a lovely country feel to whole area. Lots of children with Mums and Dads, joggers, serious runners, many parties of school children as it has a very good educational centre, dog walkers and general public enjoying the colours and wildlife.
The walks along the river were very nice and some fish were spotted with two or three lovely bridges to cross. The wetland boardwalk was very good. We did spot some moorhens and a crayfly or two.
A very interesting and enjoyable morning made special by the wonderful colours of the leaves turning on the trees. We made our way back to Morden station knowing that Autumn is well and truly here and Winter on it’s way!