The 10 Best snowdrop walks
It's been a long, cold, lonely winter so make the most of the first sign of the new season by taking a stroll
Tuesday 19 February 2013
The country’s largest winter garden opened in Cheshire in 2009 and boasts hundreds of thousands of snowdrops. Even head gardener Damian Harris has said it’s hard to imagine how much it has changed in just four years.
Garden open 11am-4pm Mon-Fri, 11am-5.30pm Sat and Sun, adults £7.20, children £3.60, nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey
Taking a walk through the flower-carpeted woodlands is just one of the many things you can do to appreciate the snowdrops around Cambo House. Make sure you check out the national collection of snowdrops, which boasts more than 350 varieties.
2 Feb-17 March, 10am-5pm, adults £5, children free, camboestate.com/snowdrops/
Enjoy a stroll through the grounds of this curious family home, built in the style of an Italian palace. There are plenty of grounds to explore and the restaurant is welcome after a walk.
Garden and park open 10am-4pm, adults £5.40, children £2.70, nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy
Three different routes take walkers through the sea of snowdrops in Ickworth’s park and woodland. If the weather is still biting, have a browse in its second-hand bookshop to warm up.
Park open 8am-2pm, adults £3.10, children free, nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth
Among the top places to see snowdrops in the country, Nymans even has its own “flower line”, set up by assistant head gardener Phil Holmes, that you can call to check if the bulbs are out yet.
Garden open 10am-4pm, adults £9.50, children £5, nationaltrust.org.uk/nymans
Come along to one of Deene Park’s “Snowdrop Sundays”. You can take walks around the lakeside, buy snowdrops for yourself and finish your day off with a break at The Old Kitchen.
24 February, 11am-4pm, adults £6, children aged 10-14 £3, deenepark.com
With a collection of more than 80 types of snowdrop growing around the garden, this is a great place to enjoy them.
10am-5pm, adults £5, under-16s free, eastlambrook.co.uk
One of England’s best displays, with over 240 varieties blooming around the garden, it’s no surprise Anglesey Abbey describes this time of the year as their “Snowdrop Festival”.
Garden open 28 January-3 March, 10am-4.30pm, adults £6.35, children free, nationaltrust.org.uk/anglesey-abbey
Catch Easton Lodge’s last “Snowdrop Sunday”, which features a free guided tour and homemade cake, soup and bacon rolls to fill you up at lunchtime. Snowdrops will also be available to buy on the day.
24 February, 12am-4pm, adults £3.50, children free, eastonlodge.co.uk
Perfect for a day trip from London, these gardens in Stevenage put on a spectacular display each spring. Guided walks take place on Mondays and Wednesdays and on Sunday afternoons you can enjoy a series of concerts at St Peter’s Church.
Until 24 Feb, 12am-4pm, adults £5, under-16s £2, under-12s free, beningtonlordship.co.uk
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