Plan your next weekend adventure
Maple Grove’s surroundings are beautiful in the autumn and as the hours roll inwards and weather turns a corner, it is the perfect time to broaden your horizons.
Maple Grove’s surroundings are beautiful in the autumn and as the hours roll inwards and weather turns a corner, it is the perfect time to broaden your horizons. We have provided a guide to planning your next weekend adventure with a range of nearby tourist and leisure attractions that are cost effective and suitable for everyone.
There is much to explore around the local area and beyond, with Maple Grove rich in its natural surroundings and wide open spaces. Further afield is a wealth of picturesque discovery and charm with the historic Grade II listed Water Tower, situated on the grounds of Carshalton House, a short 10 minute bus ride away from Maple Grove.
The surrounding gardens, including the Hermitage and Folly Bridge focal points are available to visit all year round, with the Tower building itself open during the spring and summer months for a nominal entry fee.
Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve is an idyllic open conservation area within walking distance of Maple Grove. The longstanding open space has been recognised as an important area for nature for over 100 years as the area is being developed into a public nature reserve as part of a restoration programme. While restoration is ongoing, the site has restricted access to the public. There is a footpath adjacent to the conservation area, including a viewpoint over the North Lake, which makes for a perfect location for a Sunday afternoon walk.
Everyone needs a treat and let their hair down occasionally. The Valley Retail & Leisure Park is the nearest major retail and leisure space to Maple Grove, offering a large variety of venues for all ages and appetites.
The leisure park is a popular destination, situated in Purley by the local IKEA home store, and is accessible via public transport in just half an hour via bus and tram. There are an array of restaurants including Frankie & Benny’s, Chiquito and Pizza Express, plus a range of clothing and leisure outlets for you to enjoy.
If the autumn weather is unfavourable, then there are a helping of pubs and bars near to Maple Grove to hideaway and watch the rain tumble, complete with the warmth of a log fire and your favourite tipple in hand. The Hope is just a mile away from Maple Grove and is a multi-award-winning ‘home away from home’ with a friendly community feel and wide range of ever changing beers and quality home cooked food. The Hope hosts events all throughout the year and is a popular venue in the nearby area.
Whatever your next adventure is, it may well be just round the corner.