With the Autumn season well and truly upon us, there’s no better time to take a walk in and around Morshead Mansions and Maida Vale to take in the full beauty of the local area.
From right on our doorstep to a little further afield, we’re all extremely fortunate to live in an area where there is so much colour and natural wonder.
The first and closest place to experience the colour of Autumn is the communal gardens behind Morshead Mansions, which all residents are able to easily access with a garden key.
Over the last few years the garden has continued to look better and better and at this time of the year it’s a colourful, convenient and happy place to take a quick stroll.
Just a little further away and right opposite Morshead Mansions is Paddington Recreation Ground, which at this time of year is full of reds, oranges and yellows, with carpets of leaves.
This park has wide open spaces, as well as a great selection of secluded garden areas and is a really handy place to wander around and stretch your legs.
At this time of year, the area around Warwick Avenue Station is particularly pretty and colourful and well worth taking the time to have a look.
Only a 5-7 minute walk from Morshead Mansions, it’s easily accessible and once in the area there are many other parts that are worth exploring too.
A short walk along the flaming red tree-lined Warwick Avenue brings you to Little Venice and the bridge that looks over the canal below.
At this time of year the colourful boats that line both sides of the canal are beautifully complemented by the explosion of colours from the trees.
On the opposite side of the bridge is the start of Paddington Basin, which is a truly lovely place to go for a walk. It’s an area that’s full of canal boats and also a place where you can take a boat trip along the canal through Regent’s Park to Camden Lock.
In the middle of the water is Little Venice Island Gardens, which is dedicated as a bird sanctuary and out of bounds to the public. On the opposite side is the Waterside Boat Cafe, which is an idylc place to stop for a coffee, a light breakfast or some lunch.
If you’re feeling particularly energetic, why not walk a little further into Paddington Basin and along to Sheldon Square. This whole area has been completely re-developed over the last few years and is dedicated as a Clean Air Zone.
Along the canal there are many bars and restaurants, many of which are on boats, and it’s a great place to have a stroll and while away a couple of hours. Further along the canal still is Merchant Square, which features the acclaimed Fan Bridge.
A little further afield, Primrose Hill always looks especially colourful at this time of year. It is walkable, which would probably take around 15-20 minutes each way, however, for those who drive it’s good to know that Morshead Mansion’s ‘C’ zone parking permits extend right up to the west side of the park.
This makes it pretty convenient to get to and once there, you could easily spend at least half an hour walking around the whole of the park. If you’d rather just visit to take in the views, a short walk up to the top of the hill will reward you with spectacular views over central London and its famous landmarks.
Another alternative if you feel like walking to Primrose Hill or Regent’s Park is to take the canal from Little Venice.
Most of the route is accessible along the canal, apart from a short stretch between the Edgeware Road and Lisson Grove.
Regent’s Park adjoins Primrose Hill and is accessible in the same way, with ‘C’ zone parking all along the north side, up to where Primrose Hill begins. At this time of the year, the whole of the park looks incredibly beautiful and with a good selection of cafes it’s a great place to while away a few hours and take in the scenery.
So these are just a selction of suggested places that are fairly close to Morshead Mansions that you can visit to take in the splendour of Autumn colours. If you have time to visit any of them you’re unlikely to be disappointed, it’s worth remembering though that Autumn won’t last forever, so make sure you go soon!