Nestled in the West Yorkshire countryside at Grewelthorpe near Ripon, this rare gem offers those of us interested in beautiful gardens a rare day out.
The landscape comprises of 45 acres, a beautiful valley with breathtaking views across the park, gardens, an arboretum, scenic woodland walks and is enhanced by three lakes and has a Pagoda, Summerhouse, Himalayan Shelter, Contemplation Circle and Norse Hut. What more could you ask?
Widely considered to have the North’s largest collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias, there are nearly 20,000 plants including some 1,400 rhododendron varieties, 250 azalea varieties and 150 different magnolias. An exciting primula meadow enriches the stunning lakeside walks and the mass plantings of glorious hybrids and drifts of spring bulbs, provide fantastic seasonal interest.
Discover over 80 striking contemporary sculptures in the open-air gallery. From a bronze leopard stalking a roe deer, to a giant floating magnolia and a mini stone henge there is something for everyone to enjoy. Each sculpture has been chosen and positioned within the landscape in a way that relates to everything around them; the weather, light, vegetation and the close and long-distance views. It is an active relationship, with each sculpture focusing, intensifying and animating its environment.
Although this will be a lovely place to visit at any time of year, May is the prime time for azalea, rhododendron and primula displays.
We aim to set off at 9 30am in Padiham picking up at 9 45am in Barrowford. There is a Tea Room which serves sandwiches and hot lunches and surely there must be cream scones? It’s perfectly acceptable to take your own packed lunch. There are some steep areas in places and suitable footwear is advised. Be ready for whatever the weather may throw at us, remember the “Cast not a clout ’til May is out” that our grandparents used to say!
We can offer a coach trip to Ripon only, where you can spend more than one day exploring this lovely city, the fourth smallest in the country. With a Cathedral going back to mediaeval times, an ancient marketplace, a hornblower who ‘sets the watch’ as in every night for the past 1100 years, Georgian and mediaeval buildings, and enough museums to satisfy the most ardent visitor. Check out the ticket prices. You will be dropped off about 11am and the coach will pick you up on the return journey about 4 15 pm.
Cost: £21.00 including coach. Ripon only by coach £10.50. Booking essential
To book and for further info please contact Gayle Wray firstname.lastname@example.org
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