Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden

Route: Bodnant Garden

Area: North Wales

Date of walk: 18th September 2021

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.5 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Cloudy, turning to rain at the end

Today was the first day of a short walking holiday in Wales. On arrival at our base we made a beeline for nearby Bodnant Garden, owned by the National Trust

The Bodnant estate is located in the Conwy Valley near the foothills of Snowdonia and its garden has been developed and improved by a succession of owners over many years. It is now considered to be one of the great gardens of the world. Its 80 acres contain formal Italianate gardens, shrub-filled glades, woodland, meadows, streams and water gardens

The gardens were started by Henry Pochin in the late 1800s when he employed a well known designer called Milner who was an apprentice to Joseph Paxton. Over the next 50 years many plants were sourced from famous plant hunters and the garden is now home to several national collections. Among the historic collection are many UK Champion Trees – the biggest and best of their kind in Britain 

 There’s no point describing our route as this is a place to wander around as your fancy takes you, and depending on the time of year. There is all round seasonal interest here and, although we were too late to see the famous laburnum arch and wildflower meadows and too early for the autumn leaf colour, we spent 3 hours here and would have stayed longer, but for a spell of heavy rain. I’ll let the photos tell the story of a wonderful walk and garden visit

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