Dalemain Gardens

Dalemain Gardens

Route: Dalemain Gardens to Dacre

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 7th June 2022

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.0 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: Bright at first, then rain and drizzle

Dalemain Mansion is situated in a wonderful position, overlooking rolling parkland and the eastern fells beyond. The mansion has been home to the Hasell family since 1679. We’ve visited the gardens at Dalemain Mansion on numerous occasions over the last 20 years or so. It’s a place which never fails to please. A walk round the garden combined with a short walk to nearby Dacre is a perfect way to while away a morning

We arrived shortly after opening, which was 10.30 am today, and made our way around the gardens. We were glad that the Himalayan blue poppies were still in flower, a lovely sight in the woodland part of the garden

After wandering around for an hour or two, it was time to get on with the walk, which is no more than a leisurely stroll along the estate road from Dalemain to Dacre, passing through rolling farmland. There are good views in all directions, though the weather had closed in by now and conditions were uninspiring. Less than 1 hour after setting off we arrived in the attractive village of Dacre in perfect time to enjoy lunch at the excellent Horse & Farrier which I can highly recommend for its food and friendly service

Last time we were here we visited nearby St Andrew’s Church which has many interesting features, including a memorial window by Lawrence Whistler. The grounds contain some strange stone statues, the Dacre Bears, which have puzzled historians for centuries. In view of the poor weather we gave it a miss today and simply retraced our steps along the estate road back to Dalemain to end a short but very enjoyable walk (for anyone looking for longer walks centred on Dalemain, visit Search Walks and enter ‘Dalemain’)

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