It’s not very often that walking through to the back of an Asda car park leads to wonderful things, but that’s exactly what happens if you go to the Asda next to Crossharbour DLR station. Through an old iron gate, you walk into 35 acres of greenery and it is heaven.
I think that most people who visit Mudchute Farm alight at the DLR station of the same name, but the journey from Crossharbour is far more rewarding (plus if you have little ‘un, the loos in Asda prove to be very useful after a long journey). There is a nature trail to follow and at this time is full to the brim with cow parsley. It’s super quiet too.
The path eventually leads you to a field which contains a little playground and a pretty big zipwire (which Betsy loved, obvs). It’s a great field for a picnic plus you are next to an enclosure with some ducks and geese who quite happily eat any grass that is poked through to them by happy kids. There’s also an enclosed wildlife garden with ponds, although I avoided it on this trip because I didn’t really fancy Arthur jumping in.
So the farm is huge. It’s 32 acres big and there are grazing animals like sheep and alpaca along with chickens. You can even horse ride there if you book in advance. Animal feed can be bought from the farm shop (or if the shop is closed the farm office has some too), I also saw people bringing along their own vegetables to feed the animals too. The goats, unsurprisingly, tried to eat everything, but that just made them big hits with the kiddos. And the best thing about it? It’s free entry. Free!
There is a lot to see here and it’s a full day out, luckily there is the fantastic Mudchute Kitchen with its own little kids corner with toys and books. The food is great too, my veggie brunch (bubble and squeak with mushrooms and poached eggs) was enormous and coffee good too. It’s really cozy in there and I can imagine visiting in the winter too for a good breakfast inside before bracing the cold outside. They also sell some ice cream by the scoop; Betsy chose a strawberry sorbet which was delicious.
Arthur conked out after lunch, he hadn’t really stopped running since getting of the train, so we found a nice tree near the sheep to relax while Art rested.
Once Art awoke, we hung out with the sheep for ages, they’re lovely. I admired the view and watched the planes fly into land at City airport.
After saying goodbye to the sheep, we wondered back to the courtyard where the cafe is and had a look at the donkeys. Through an archway are the smaller animals like rabbits. We also peeked through the window of the farm shop, closed to us, but open at the weekends. It looks like it sells a good range of things, plus there’s a shellfish stall on a Saturday.
It’s a super day at Mudchute, you should totally go. More information about Mudchute Farm here.