North Eastern Lake District

Route: Dalemain

Area: North Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 3rd August 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 1.0 mile

Weather: Cloudy, several showers and a couple of short bright spells

Dalemain is one of our favourite gardens. We first visited over 20 years ago and have been back many times since. The house was opened to the public in 1977 but remains lived in by the Hasell-McCosh family where rooms are used throughout the year. There are interesting collections of fine furniture, family portraits, ceramics, dolls’ houses, and old toys. There’s a magical quality about the garden and a feeling that this is a space that is lived in and loved by its owners

There was some light rain as I walked round the house to enter the gardens, a good thing in some ways as I had the place to myself and the only other person around was the gardener

A garden plan is available at the entrance and it’s worth taking one of these, as there are many hidden features which could easily be missed without it. I spent a couple of hours wandering around and it was a delight every step of the way

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