What better way to spend a sunny spring day than enjoying the delights of a traditional woodland garden. Hare Hill at Over Alderley Edge, Cheshire, is a National Trust garden and woodland open most days (check for exclusions). Knowing that the Rhododendrons would be in full bloom and having realised this was a local attraction we headed off to explore and picnic. The site was well signed with ample parking and being National Trust members the admission was free.
With the garden being so well established I channeled my inner Alice and stepped amongst my own wonderland.
Whilst the garden may be called Hare Hill the hares themselves are shy creatures. However throughout the garden there are many hare carvings to find, making a fun family activity.
The traditional walled garden, with feature planting and lawned area for picnics and people playing croquet adding to the wonderland feel.
The wrought iron pergola draped in Wisteria, a lovely shady spot to relax, dine and view the croquet.
Another of the Hare carvings situated next to The Burrow, a learning activity area for children of all ages.
The garden is full of meandering paths leading through visual delights.
Just a few of the beautiful blooms of the rhododendron display.
There are well thought out areas to rest and enjoy the garden.
This Lady loved Hare Hill and will be visiting soon with an extra special friend (Boots the dog).
Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a lead but unfortunately not allowed into the walled garden. However your beloved pooch can wait in the dog park whilst you explore the walled garden. The garden has a hide to observe the wildlife and the sound of honey bees busy at their hive completes the experience. There are public toilets on site and a pop up cafe at weekends in the car park.
– Lady Tigerlilly