Route: Hutton-in-the-Forest

Area: North Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 28th May 2018

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.0 miles

Weather: Sun and blue skies

Hutton-in-the-Forest is an ancient Cumbrian house tracing its origins back to the mid 14th century. The house and its surrounding estate was inherited in 1989 by the present Lord Inglewood, who lives at Hutton with his wife Cressida. I was last here two years ago in rather indifferent weather. Today was another day in a long spell of sun and blue skies, and a good time to revisit the gardens and grounds, which are amongst the best in the district.  Dogs are not only tolerated here but are positively welcome so we were able to take Bonnie on our walk

We walked down a grass path mown in the meadow to the Low Garden and from here followed the woodland walk which skirts round the perimeter of the grounds and is full of mature specimen trees. A map of the woodland walk and gardens is provided at the entrance and this lists some of the oldest trees, many of them over 200 years old. We enjoyed the sight and scent of wild garlic, which was growing in profusion throughout the woodland

We then entered the Walled Garden, which is bounded by walls on two sides which were built in the 1730s and on the other two sides by yew hedges planted over a century ago, and these make a fitting backdrop to the herbaceous borders within. We were a little early in the season to see these at their peak – the roses in particular will look stunning next month. However the strength of the design ensures that there is beauty all year round

It was a thoroughly enjoyable visit and a morning very well spent

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