Dalemain

Dalemain

Route: Dalemain from Dacre

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 7th June 2018

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.2 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Sunshine and blue skies

Dalemain is one of our favourite gardens. We first visited over 20 years ago and have been back many times since. 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. The garden is well worth a visit in its own right, but another of its attractions is that there are several public footpaths in the vicinity which make it possible to plan a walk starting from the house. Today’s route would be a new one for us 

We parked in the village hall car park in the unspoilt village of Dacre and followed a public footpath out of the village and past 14th century Dacre Castle, which is privately owned and rented out as a house. We descended towards Dacre Beck and followed a tree lined path which took us as straight as a arrow to Dalemain

We wandered around the wonderful gardens for a couple of hours, admiring in particular the Himalayan blue poppies, which were looking at their spectacular best. We then left the grounds via the entrance drive (there is no public right of way over Dacre Bridge), and after a short road section we entered West Park and walked across the fields aiming for a gate at far end of adjacent Langfield Wood

After rounding Flusco Hill we joined the quiet lane leading back into Dacre. It was very satisfying to combine a walk in idyllic countryside with a visit to a beautiful garden, and a morning well spent

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