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An oasis in suburbia - Morden Hall Park walk


Take a stroll through this historic parkland, created by the Hatfeild family in the 19th century, and experience inspiring surroundings. Admission is free. Enjoy your walk and do let us know how you find it.

Couple walking in Morden Hall Park, South London
Get a glimpse of the historic estate on a walk round Morden Hall Park National Trust Images / John Millar


Map route for an oasis in suburbia - Morden Hall Park walk
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The Riverside Café, next to Garden Centre Car Park, grid ref: TQ262686


To enter Morden Hall Park, pass through the gate between the Riverside Café and the Garden Centre, under an archway. Turn right. On your right you will see workshops associated with the Hatfeild family's estate including a boiler house for heating the greenhouses in the kitchen garden, on the other side of the wall, potting and tool sheds and day stables for the working ponies. Some of these are now leased to local craft workers. Ahead of you the stables are visible. During 2010 the stable yard was renovated to be the most energy-efficient historic building in the country. It now offers new visitor facilities, including an exhibition space.

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Follow the sign to the Snuff Mill, which is now a Learning and Community centre providing activities for groups from the local area. The millstones on display outside are originally from a spice mill, but show the edge turning arrangement of the stones used. You will also pass a second-hand bookshop next to the Snuff Mill.

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At the Snuff Mill proceed across modern bridge over the main tributary of the River Wandle. You will pass a little building on the left where G.E. Hatfeild bred trout, then Morden Cottage on your right. The building is thought to have originally been a hunting lodge before becoming a permanent residence. Look out for the rose garden beyond the cottage.

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Walk along the path with the rose garden on your right and go through a gate, turn right, crossing over the tarmac bridge across a stream of the Wandle and take the first path to your right. Pass through a smaller gate and back into the rose garden, on the far side of the stream that divides it in two. Continue on this path out of the garden and into the arboretum. On the head of the closest island in the summer grows a plant called gunnera, or giant rhubarb. The 18th-century statues of Neptune and Venus have also been returned after a long absence and can be seen on the island in the River Wandle.

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Follow the path along the course of the River Wandle, with the river on your right. When the path forks at a pond, stay left, on the hard standing. When you come up to the avenue of lime and horse chestnut trees near the gate by the Surrey Arms pub, turn left and walk along the avenue. Avenues of lime trees were a status symbol, and horse chestnuts were very fashionable trees.


Carry on walking down the avenue past the path coming up from Phipps Bridge tram stop. Re-cross the tarmac bridge and continue straight on. To your right, in the trees, we have created a natural play area for children, themed around life from the perspective of an insect.


Cross over the ornate white Victorian bridge, and in front of you will see a second white bridge with Morden Hall beyond, surrounded by a moat. Approach Morden Hall. Cross back over the bridge into the park, turn left following the path crossing over two small wooden bridges. Once over the second bridge turn right, following the signpost to the wetlands, which is flooded and is home to a rich variety of wildlife. (N.B. The path through the wetlands is wet after rain and in winter. If you would prefer not to take this route, continue straight ahead and make a circuit of North Park before continuing from this point at point 9).

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When you leave the wetlands you will reach a T-junction with a tram crossing to your right. Instead, turn left and follow the path with the wetlands on your left; North Park is to your right. Turn left at the end of the wetlands, cross over a wooden bridge, with glimpses of Morden Hall through the trees to your right.


Retrace your steps back over the two small wooden bridges to the white bridge over the Wandle. Do not cross it, instead pass straight ahead towards the Snuff Mill.


At the Snuff Mill turn right and retrace your steps back to the Riverside Café and our shop, where you started.


The Riverside Café, next to Garden Centre car park, grid ref: TQ262686

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An oasis in suburbia - Morden Hall Park walk


This 1.9 mile (3.1km) walk takes approximately an hour for a reasonably fit walker, giving opportunity to pause to take in the features described. The terrain is reasonably flat. Surfaces can be muddy and slippery in places in wet weather please wear appropriate footwear and consider the weather conditions.

Dogs are welcome under control and on a lead in areas of closely-mown lawn and around buildings.

Cycles must give way to pedestrians and National Trust bylaws should be obeyed at all times.

An oasis in suburbia - Morden Hall Park walk

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An oasis in suburbia - Morden Hall Park walk

How to get here

Morden Hall Park, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5JD
By train

Morden South station approximately ½ mile (0.8km) away.

By road

Off the A24 and A297 south of Wimbledon and North of Sutton. From the M25, exit at junction 10 and take the A3 towards London. Join the A289 (Bushey Road) at the Merton junction. Follow the brown signs to Morden Hall Park. Parking is in the Garden Centre car park.

By foot

Short walk from Morden town centre, down Aberconway Road from the Underground Station on the Northern Line. There are entrances to Morden Hall Park around its perimeter. The Wandle Trail also crosses the park.

This route follows the River Wandle from Croydon, through three London boroughs to its mouth at the River Thames in Wandsworth. There are art and sculptural features along the way.

By bus

There are several bus stops close to the Park and a variety of frequent bus services from surrounding areas including Sutton, Mitcham and Wimbledon. Visit Transport for London

By tram: The Tramlink runs between Wimbledon, Mitcham, Croydon, and Beckenham Junction. Alight at Phipps Bridge which stops at the southern side of the Park.

By underground

Morden underground station (Northern Line) which is about ¾ miles (1.2km) from the Park.

By bicycle

The Wandle Trail is also great for cycling. The route is mainly off-road and forms part of National Cycle Network Route 22.

An oasis in suburbia - Morden Hall Park walk

Facilities and access

  • Free parking (not National Trust)
  • Café with a delightful riverside setting serving homemade lunches and cakes
  • Toilets at the Riverside Café and the Snuff Mill (when open)
  • Light refreshments at kiosk in the rose garden
  • Dogs welcome, but should be kept on a lead around buildings and rose garden; under close control elsewhere