Experience one of the finest Bluebell Walks in the North West at Rode Hall and Gardens in Cheshire
New for 2016, visitors can enjoy Rode’s carpets of ancient bluebells even more extensively due to the recent discovery and restoration of an old path through the Old Wood, previously used by villagers walking to the House in the 1800s.
A magical stroll for all the family, it is one of the finest times to visit Rode’s Grade II listed park and gardens, designed by Humphry Repton, and soak up the incredible colours of bluebells and spring flowers at their best. Walk through the shimmering bluebell carpets covering the ground of the Old Wood, experience the stunning wildflowers in the Wild Garden and the blaze of colours from rare early Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Chilean Fire Bushes. Enjoy the tranquil views over Rode Pool and unrivalled vistas of the beautiful Cheshire and Staffordshire Countryside.
Rode’s bluebells are predominantly the endangered and protected native ancient variety which flower on one side of the stalk, are strongly perfumed and can also appear as a white or pinkish flower.
Highlights of a visit also include the two acre Walled Garden, resplendent in spring blossom from the many varieties of pear, apple and plum trees and with an abundance of vegetable seedlings.
Visitors can also buy Rode Hall’s fragrant Lily of the Valley and bright primulas and pelargoniums to plant at home.
• Rode Hall Farmers’ Market on Saturday 7 May 9am – 1.30pm. Over 70 top producers offer the finest artisan produce from Rode Hall, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Lancashire (www.rodehallfarmersmarket.co.uk). Enjoy live performance from Morris Dancers extraordinaire the Black Dog Molly Dancers.
• Rode Hall’s Tea Room – Everything possible is grown in the Kitchen Garden and home made at the Hall or sourced from the Rode Hall Farmers’ Market including soups, sandwiches, oatcakes, cakes, cream teas, biscuits and ice cream.
• Rode Hall Shop selling Rode’s new range of jams, pickles and cordials made with produce from its organic Kitchen Garden. Also selling plants and dried flowers.
Saturday 30 April – Sunday 8 May 11am – 4pm
Farmers’ Market Saturday 7 May 9am – 1.30pm
£5 adults / £1 children / under 5s free. Rode Hall & Gardens, Cheshire ST7 3QP www.rodehall.co.ukEnjoy more Kitchen Garden reading in the monthly magazine. Click here to subscribe.