Scampston Hall gardens

Scampston Hall

Route: Scampston Hall and Walled Garden

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 19th May 2021

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly 

Distance: 2.5 miles

Weather: Sunshine and big skies

The Scampston estate was bought by the St Quintin family in the 17th century and has remained in the family ever since. Scampston Hall is open for guided tours on occasions during the summer months, but we were here today for a return visit to the gardens

The Hall is home to two wonderful and completely different gardens – the unique contemporary Walled Garden designed by Piet Oudolf, which opened in 2005, and The Park, designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in 1782

The weather was superb when we arrived but rain was threatened, so we decided to make the most of the conditions and walk through the parkland first. The Walled Garden would not be at its peak yet and could wait until later. On arrival visitors are given a garden guide which describes two trails, the Cascade Trail which is about 1 mile and the Aviaries Trail, which is longer. We opted for the latter today and followed the path into the stunning Capability Brown parkland, studded with magnificent old trees. The waymarked route took us across to the Cascade which divides the two lower lakes. There’s a heronry in the woodland on the far side of the lake, and we saw several of these huge birds flying overhead

We continued on our circuit, passing by some interesting features including the Old Ice House and the Old Horse Shelter. This brought us to the Palladian Bridge at the end of the three linked lakes in the park. The bridge was designed by Capability Brown and sits perfectly in the landscape, as I hope the photos will show

We then walked past the Hall and through the Parterre. Having completed the Aviaries Trail it was time to visit the Walled Garden. The garden guide suggests a route around the various ‘rooms’ within the garden but we were content to wander around. It was quite early in the season, and so much of the perennial planting was not in flower yet. Nevertheless there was plenty of interest here. This concluded another wonderful visit to Scampston Hall

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