Dalemain Garden

Dalemain Gardens

Route: Dalemain Gardens

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 28th August 2017

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly, Phil and Denise

Distance: 1 mile

Weather: Sunny

Dalemain is one of our favourite gardens. We first visited over 20 years ago and have been back many times since. There‚Äôs a magical quality about the garden and a feeling that this is a space that is lived in and loved by its owners. There are several public footpaths in the vicinity and a visit to the garden can be combined with a walk – click here for a short walk to the village of Dacre which passes by 14th century Dacre Castle

Just before the entrance we passed by Deer Park Cottage, beyond which we saw several fallow deer, part of a large herd which live on an adjoining part of the estate. Before entering the gardens we couldn’t resist buying some marmalade – Dalemain famously hosts the World Marmalade Awards, a competition to find the best marmalades in the world

Dalemain Mansion is open for visits but we didn’t have time for that today, so walked past the mansion into the gardens, admiring the wonderful views over the parkland in the direction of nearby Ullswater. The entrance into the garden is dominated by a magnificent Silver Fir which has the largest girth in the UK and which was a gift from Joseph Banks, the botanist, in the 1840s. After admiring the Elizabethan knot garden we walked beside the herbaceous borders to the end of the fomal section. From here we descended through Lob’s Wood to Dacre Beck, passing by the topiary dragon which guards the low garden

We then retraced our steps back to the start, and the end of another visit to this special place

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