Morland House

Morland House

Route: Morland House Gardens

Area: Eden Valley

Date of walk: 30th May 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 1 mile

Weather: Cloudy with a few spots of rain

The eastern part of the Lake District is blessed with several fine homes and gardens – Dalemain, Acorn Bank, Lowther Castle and Askham Hall all spring to mind. We’ve visited these places several times before (click the links for the most recent visits), but one that has escaped our attention until today is Morland House

The Lake District fells lay under a blanket of thick low cloud this morning, and a high level walk was out of the question. There was a forecast of slightly better weather to the east, so we headed in that direction to the attractive village of Morland, about 8 miles south east of Penrith. Morland House is set in the middle of the village, next to the old church. The house itself was originally a Tudor vicarage, and has been extended in Georgian and Victorian times. It has the benefit of four acres of meandering gardens which are laid out around Morland Beck, which flows through the middle of the grounds from a waterfall

Entrance to the gardens is open to customers of the neighbouring Mill Yard CafĂ©, guests staying in Morland House and its other estate properties, and Friends of the Historic Houses Association. We fell into the latter category, although it would be no hardship to fall into the others, and we spent a very pleasant hour or two wandering around this atmospheric place. At the edge of the garden we entered through a gate which leads to the Church of St Lawrence. The church is notable for having the only Saxon tower in the north west of England

There are several walks leading from the house into the surrounding countryside, and I hope to return one day and explore these, as we’d thoroughly enjoyed our short time in this lovely area. On the way back we revisited the nearby Larch Cottage Nurseries, one of the top UK plant nurseries. For anyone interested in gardens and gardening, this place is a treasure trove of unusual plants, shrubs and trees all displayed in beautiful surroundings, and is a well worth a short detour

Click here or on the Map Page icon for a map showing the location of Morland House. I’ve not provided a route map as this is a place to wander around as your fancy takes you

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