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- Groombridge Place Gardens is split into areas including the Knot Garden, The Secret Garden, White Rose Garden, Herbaceous Border, Oriental Garden, Drunken Garden and the Draughtsman’s Lawn. You also have the Enchanted Forest set on the hillside overlooking Groombridge Place. Here you have playgrounds, swings, excellent views, quiet seats and free roaming animals.
- Cerne Abbas Giant is a huge outline sculpted into the chalk hillside above the village of Cerne Abbas representing a naked, club-wielding giant. The outline is 180ft tall making it Britain’s largest chalk hill figure and probably the most controversial. Managed by the National Trust, although parking is on the roadside and the nearest facilities are in the village Cerne Abbas.
- Undisturbed by cars, the island of Lundy has a small village with an inn, Victorian church and the 13th-century Marisco Castle. The Island has a variety of migratory seabirds, heathland and grassland habitats and the Lundy ponies. Designated the first Marine Conservation Area, Lundy offers opportunities for diving and seal watching.
- The coastal path passes through Polzeath in one direction to Rock, and in the other through New Polzeath, Pentire Point and along miles of stunning coastline. On the headland of The Rumps is the Iron-Age cliff castle. This fort with superb coastal vistas has a triple rampart and ditch system protecting the headland.
- The Yorkshire Dales is an area of upland within Northern England. Much of the Dales was designated a National Park in 1954, and lies mostly within North Yorkshire, although part of it lies within Cumbria. The Park covers an area of around 680 square miles and attracts over 8 million visitors a year. This is predominately down to the Dales’ stunning landscape, a collection of river valleys, hills and woodland. A place well-known for its range of walking activities, the Dales are crisscrossed by several long distance walking routes such as the Pennine Way and the Coast to Coast Path.
- Painswick Rococo Gardens were designed in the mid-1700s by Benjamin Hyett after he purchased the house in the 1730s. Rococo describes a period of art fashionable in Europe in the 1700s, identifiable particularly in furniture and architecture and the gardens at Painswick just outside Stroud in Gloucestershire are one of the only surviving examples open to the public. The gardens are open from late January until the end of October and also have a gift shop, plant sales and a cafe. The gardens also welcome well-behaved dogs.
- Brigit’s Garden is a Garden and Celtic Heritage Center set within 11 acres of native woodland and wildflower meadows. Our 4 main gardens represent the Celtic festivals of Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine and Lughnasa. In addition to the Celtic Gardens, visitors can enjoy the nature trail, an ancient ring fort (fairy fort), thatched roundhouse and crannog, and the calendar sundial, the largest in Ireland. Our Visitor Centre, comprised of a shop and The Garden Café.
- Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens are part of the estate of Ardkinglas House which stands on the shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll with an imposing backdrop of forest and mountains. The main house is an architectural masterpiece by Sir Robert Lorimer and is full of expert craftsmanship and often used in TV dramas like My Life So Far, The Waterhorse, MaxManus and This September. The house is only open to the public on a Friday from April to October but you can arrange a tour if you book during other months. It’s well worth the visit as the gardens are superb and the rooms in the house all look over Loch Fyne! Here you’ll find the tallest tree in the United Kingdom as well a family home to explore that has not altered a bit in a hundred years! It’s a wonderful day out as the atmosphere is magical and the estate offers walks, venue for weddings, fine dining, a self catering apartment in the house itself, private tours and a superb collection of plants.
- Conwy Mountain (Mynydd y Dref), on the Wales Coast Path, stands proud to the west of Conwy and is served by a good network of paths which you can explore. In the summer the hill turns purple with heather. The summit has fine views and is the site of an Iron Age hill fort.