Last Sunday my husband and I visited Parcevall gardens , just north from Bolton Abbey,
It was a beautiful sunny morning and we were greeted by a very nice man who took our payment and gave us a briefing on what to see and where to go, he was very informative.
We took a stroll firstly to a small area of woodland that had been developed originally by prisoners of war.
The area was clothed in bluebells and vibrant coloured rhododendron.A stroll of around 15 minutes brings you to the top of the hill with fabulous views of Simons seat.
We returned to the gardens and started our walk up beside a brook along which there were primulas of all colours , as we gently climbed we could see to our right two fields carpeted with bluebells , we skirted around the back of the hall taking a path to the rock garden.
What a lovely and tranquil place the rock garden is with it's ponds and tumbling waters and the trees and shrubs had the heady smell of the Azaeleas. We rested awhile and then walked on further up a path through woodland , culminating in a wonderful view looking up to Trollers Gill (we walked this last year , it's a fabulous walk ). Back down through the woodland to the rose garden , too early yet for roses and onto the terraced gardens . Amazing views to be seen from here both of Simons seat and the valley below.
The design of the terraces is very asymmetric with many plants and shrubs , we wandered down to the red borders where the flowers are just coming into bloom.
Parcevall hall gardens are a real treat and I would recommend spending some quality time in them we will certainly return later in the year to see the colours of summer.
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