Hare Hill, a National Trust hidden jewel.

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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.

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With the garden being so well established I channeled my inner Alice and stepped amongst my own wonderland.

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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.

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The traditional walled garden, with feature planting and lawned area for picnics and people playing croquet adding to the wonderland feel.

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The wrought iron pergola draped in Wisteria, a lovely shady spot to relax, dine and view the croquet.

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Another of the Hare carvings situated next to The Burrow, a learning activity area for children of all ages.

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The garden is full of  meandering paths leading through visual delights.

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Just a few of the beautiful blooms of the rhododendron display.

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There are well thought out areas to rest and enjoy the garden.

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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

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