The Peak District
The Peak District

Garden Tours

Summer Gardens of the Peak District

The Peak District, with its impressive limestone-scarred hills and its deep, wooded dales, has a special atmosphere of its own. We will enjoy an ever-changing backdrop as we tour a sequence of gardens both large and small, at a time of year the trees and plants are at the peak of their growing season, with dark velvety greens punctuated by flashes of vivid colour.

We start at Biddulph Grange, a Victorian gem which takes the visitor on a botanical world tour. A lovely drive through the heart of the Peak District takes us to Haddon Hall, whose ancient walls are covered with climbing roses, before we visit nearby Chatsworth House with its classical parkland and opulent interiors. After a visit to a delightfully old-fashioned cottage garden we drive up into the high peaks of the National Park, enjoying wonderful panoramic views. Our tour concludes at the tranquil woodland garden of Hare Hill.

What's included?

  •  Accommodation
  •  Services of a professional tour manager
  •  Comfortable coach travel throughout
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary

Today's Price
£495

Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £120

Tour highlights:

  • Hills and dales of the Peak District
  • Ancient walls and fragrant roses at Haddon Hall
  • Classic parkland at Chatsworth House
  • Tour the world in miniature at Biddulph Grange
  • Cottage garden charm at Gamesley Fold

Tour details

Dates 14 August 2020 - 17 August 2020
Duration 4 days
Cost
Today's Price
£495
Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £120 Balance due by 22 May 2020
Activity Level
Tour code BWSPD20B

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
London
Tothill St, Westminster
0730 2030
Luton Parkway
railway station
0900 1900
Northampton
railway station
1000 1800
Birmingham
Victoria Square
1130 1630
Stoke-on-Trent
railway station
1230 1530

Please note pick-up points are subject to minimum numbers and all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

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14 August 2020: Itinerary

We depart by coach from our pick-up points and head for our first visit, the gardens of Biddulph Grange, a rare and exciting survival of a Victorian garden with tunnels and pathways leading the visitor on a miniature tour of the world. The garden boasts rare and exotic planting and architecture from an Egyptian court to elegant Italian terraces, and it even has a unique oriental pagoda garden with its own Great Wall of China.

We continue to our hotel, where dinner is served in the evening.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Best Western Plus Pinewood on Wilmslow Hotel

After breakfast we travel to Haddon Hall, an intensely romantic and hugely historic house set in hilly wooded countryside. The gardens still have some of their 17th Century character, particularly on the upper level where there is a fine knot garden.

We continue with a visit to the gardens of one of England’s most famous stately homes - Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The 105 acre garden has been developed by great garden designers and architects from the 16th century to the present day. It features lime walks and pools to the south, Paxton’s ‘conservative’ wall, an exquisite orangery, a 1.5 acre working kitchen garden and a great yew maze which was planted in 1961.

We return to our hotel for dinner.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Best Western Plus Pinewood on Wilmslow Hotel

We start the day at the private garden of Gamesley Fold, a charming, old-fashioned cottage garden with herbaceous borders, shrubs and a profusion of wild flowers and herbs to attract butterflies and wildlife.

From here we set out on a scenic tour of the Peak District National Park, featuring natural rock formations and high peaks, panoramic views and picturesque villages.

Dinner is served in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Best Western Plus Pinewood on Wilmslow Hotel

Checking out after a leisurely breakfast, a short transfer takes us to our final visit, Hare Hall, where we find a tranquil woodland garden, surrounded by parkland, with a delightful walled garden at its heart. Originally designed by Charles Brocklehurst, this has been restored in line with his vision, and now the white perennial borders sing out in summer.

Following this, our final visit, we return to our original pick-up points.

Meals include: Breakfast

14 August 2020: Additional Info

14 August 2020: Accommodation

Best Western Plus Pinewood on Wilmslow is a superb hotel in the South Manchester area. It has 89 bedrooms and is set in attractive gardens in Handforth. Guests have the choice of en-suite executive or family rooms, with a superb restaurant and spacious bar lounge offering a stylish and informal environment in which to dine and relax.

The Pinewood has a wide choice of rooms and facilities with the option of using our landscaped grounds for relaxation and entertainment. Is is conveniently located for local attractions, and only a few miles from the airport and all major motorways, leisure travellers staying at the Pinewood will also enjoy its peaceful and stylish setting. 

14 August 2020: Enquiries

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