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Great Gardens

Great Gardens

This exploration of our greatest gardens bisects the area in two travelling from the South West of the region right the way up to the North East.

The journey begins at Dorothy Clive Garden. Covering 12 acres, this pretty garden has a little of everything from woodland, a waterfall, spring bulbs, rhododendrons, fabulous borders, alpine scree and a gravel garden.

A hop, skip and a jump lands you on the doorstep of the Trentham Estate, which at its heart is a mile long lake surrounded by parkland, all the design inspiration of legendary English landscape gardener, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Also on the estate is a shopping village, Monkey Forest (yes, you read that correctly!), huge garden centre and restaurants.

Start to make your way towards the Peak District and an absolute gem of the area is the National Trust’s Biddulph Grange Garden, an amazing Victorian garden which will literally take you on a tour of the globe through the different zones within the garden.

Onwards north via the market town of Leek, stopping off to admire this charming town, and picking up an antique or two, for the next destination of Buxton. The Pavilion Gardens is 23 superb acres of loveliness, Victorian Britain at its finest, with delightful lakes and meandering rivers, great play areas (although the Victorian’s can’t lay claim to that), beautiful borders, tree lined path and of course the crowning glory, the Pavilion itself with its extraordinary Octagon building which regularly plays host to events of all sorts throughout the year. All of this is at the centre of the historic part of the spa town of Buxton, famous of course for its bottled water of the same name. Allow plenty of dwell time in Buxton, there’s stacks more to explore from Poole’s Cavern, Go Ape high-wire adventure, Buxton Opera House and enough shops, restaurants, pubs, bars and places to stay!

No visit to the area is complete without going to Chatsworth, especially if you want to see glorious gardens. Another ‘Capability’ Brown influenced garden, Chatsworth’s garden alone covers 105 acres and feature historic and modern waterworks and sculptures (including the gravity fed Emperor Fountain and Cascade), a Victorian rock garden a maze, and much more. Plus the house itself, farmyard and adventure playground, shops, places to eat and the wider estate grounds make Chatsworth a must see!

Last, but by no means least on this botanical odyssey is Renishaw Hall and Gardens. These remarkable Italianate gardens were first created nearly 200 years ago by the Sitwell family, where you'll be able to enjoy the separate garden rooms, woodland trails and sculpture parks.

If you’re visiting any time between May and September, then you may well see a Derbyshire tradition, Wells Dressing. Towns and villages throughout the area dress the local well as part of an ancient tradition, whose true origins have been lost in antiquity, using natural materials such as flowers petals and mosses to create intricate and delightful murals. These usually last no longer than a week though, so don’t hang about. Check out a list of Well Dressing dates here.

Product Information

  1. Contact Details:

    Stone Road
    Trentham
    Stoke-on-Trent
    ST4 8JG

    Tel:

    01782 646646
  2. Contact Details:

    Staffordshire
    ST13 5HH

    Tel:

    01538 483741
  3. Contact Details:

    St John's Road
    Buxton
    Derbyshire
    SK17 6XN

    Tel:

    01298 23114
  4. Buxton

    Buxton

    Contact Details:

    Buxton
    Buxton
    Derbyshire

    Tel:

    01298 25106
  5. Chatsworth

    Derbyshire

    Contact Details:

    Bakewell
    Derbyshire
    DE45 1PP

    Tel:

    01246 565300
  6. Contact Details:

    Renishaw Park
    Near Eckington
    Chesterfield
    Derbyshire
    S21 3WB

    Tel:

    01246 432310

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Dorothy Clive Garden (52.95499,-2.37058)The Trentham Estate (52.96229,-2.19504)10.62
The Trentham Estate (52.96229,-2.19504)Biddulph Grange Garden (53.12984,-2.16285)16.9
Biddulph Grange Garden (53.12984,-2.16285)Leek (53.1058,-2.02397)8.69
Leek (53.1058,-2.02397)The Pavilion Gardens (53.25828,-1.9172)16.57
The Pavilion Gardens (53.25828,-1.9172)Buxton (53.25936,-1.9145)0.19
Buxton (53.25936,-1.9145)Chatsworth (53.21887,-1.6179)18.24
Chatsworth (53.21887,-1.6179)Renishaw Hall & Gardens (53.30232,-1.34539)18.35
Total Distance *89.55 miles
Estimated Journey Time2.88 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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