We popped to Myddelton House a couple of weekends ago for a sandwich and stroll. The actual house isn’t open to the public but the gardens, laid out by the botanist E.A Bowles, are and there is a little cafe and shop too.
Curiosities include a redundant section of the New River which was filled in in the 1960s with waste from the construction of the Victoria Line – here is Wisteria Bridge which once crossed the New River:
As well as two 300 year old lead ostriches which once stood either side of the bridge (the ones you can see in the photo above are wire replicas):
The old Enfield Market Cross dating from 1826:
And a patch of Japanese Knotweed, the super evasive plant. The plant is kept here to help build awareness and identification:
LS slept whilst we enjoyed our lunch (she’d already eaten!) and the woke up to wander round the gardens. She’s a bit too young for the Ossie Children’s Trail but had fun all the same. You can buy food to feed the ducks too if you like.
We had such a pleasant couple of hours, I wondered why we don’t do it more often.