South West London (A Holiday At Home)

Sometimes when you are really busy you need a holiday don’t you? Where can be better than in your back yard? Well unless of course you don’t have a back yard, however deep in South West London we have something a bit better and so I thought I would take you on a stroll of an area of Stately Homes, farms, nature reserves and kitsch markets. Who says South London has nothing to offer?

So the other weekend rather than go into the big bright lights of the city centre it was time to spend a day enjoying what is a mere ten minute bus journey away for a day out filled with lots of adventure and all for free. We started off with the lovely Merton Abbey Mills which is the only remaining part of what was an abbey bigger than Westminster (the remains sadly now being covered by a big supermarket) it’s a lovely place where my cats ashes are…

It has some wonderful market stalls which sell all types of things…

I had to rush past the books for 10p stall of course…

It is also a place that is now the host of events, that particular day randomly a Goth festival which was unusual and quite brilliant all in one…

We then followed the first part of The Wandle Trail…

Which leads us to the Dean City Farm where you can make friends with sheep…

And goats…

Back on the Wandle Trail you soon pass Wandle Manor which is where they film some of the lovely TV adaptations of big classics…

Then the real walk starts and you are suddenly not in London anymore…

You enter the land of National Trust…

And come upon the old Morden Hall…

On down the old carriage way…

Ending up in the middle of the most beautiful nature reserve home to some wonderful wildlife (I didn’t manage to get a photo of the Kingfisher we saw, sorry)

After which you find you really need a nice cup of tea and some cake in the National Trust café…

Strange then that this is where a decision was made that maybe it’s soon time to leave London and head back up north (partly why I am there this weekend and not catching up with responding to comments, sorry)… But more on that some other time! So when was the last time you had a holiday at home? What did you end up doing? What are you up to this weekend?

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14 responses to “South West London (A Holiday At Home)

  1. Ah I know Mordon Hall well and I know that national trust cafe (I used to live in Sutton) Im lucky to be in Surrey where there are so many of these places so Im always out and about.

  2. That house exterior looks like it fell out of a Jane Austen novel!

  3. looks like a good day simon ,and a nice tea and cake ,all the best stu

  4. Great photos – I love going to National Trust properties.

    Are you moving back up north permanently? 🙂 It gets to us all eventually! I left for 14 years and then moved back to Yorkshire and have been here since 2002 now. Where will you go? Derbyshire?

  5. I used to do this thing regularly — explore London (usually its historic pubs) — when I first moved here, but tend to do it less and less the longer I live here. However, both T and I have recently joined the National Trust (in order to get free car parking on our sojourn to the Lake District!), so now we have no excuse to visit these kinds of properties over the next year. Will put Merton Abbey et al on the list, it sounds fab and the cake looks pretty delicious, too.

    • I am definitely getting back into the swing of doing all the things in London that I have been meaning to for ages and havent. Definitley give Merton Abbey a whirl, in fact me you, yours and mine should all do it together.

  6. I wonder how much a flight is from Seattle to London right now …

  7. Can you really walk past the 10p book stall?? I cant. I just cant.

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