My Glorious Gardens Series: Introducing Bowood Woodland Gardens

This is the first in My Glorious Gardens Series and I’m super excited!

Each post will review a garden or beautiful outdoor space that I have visited. 

Bowood Woodland Gardens near Calne, Wiltshire

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Sign with details of openings and prices

My first stop is the beautiful Woodland Gardens at Bowood near the town of Calne in Wiltshire. The walk is 2 miles from Bowood House and Gardens and can be visited separately.  Under 12’s are free so its super value for money. Personally, if I had children I would link this visit and see the main House and Gardens too as the playground is absolutely amazing! Oh and there is a fabulous hotel, spa and Tractor Ted for little ones so you could easily come for a weekend. The main Garden was designed by Capability Brown and they are holding special Capability Brown Days this Spring and Summer 2017. This is not a National Trust property but still owned by the family of Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne.

Take a look on their website:

http://www.bowood.org

The woodland garden is absolutely stunning! I have so many photos to share with you! There are bluebells, Magnolias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas galore as well as a small place to have tea, cake and ice-creams.

Sam, the man on the gate let us in a little earlier than 11am so we had the place to ourselves. You are given a free map and guide and the walks are clearly signposted. We took The Walk of the Week.

I don’t really need to write much more because I’m hoping the photos speak for themselves!

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There were little places to sit and admire the views.
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This is a rare photo of me!
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The rain held off. Just!
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Some of the plants were absolutely huge!

I think Dottie enjoyed herself! Well behaved dogs are allowed on leads.

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Dottie amongst the bluebells.

And then, of course we couldn’t resist taking lots of close-up shots!

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Close up of an English bluebell

In the middle of the Gardens is a Mausoleum for the family which is in a magnificent spot. You can go inside and read about who is laid to rest there.

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The grand Mausoleum

The walk only took us an hour but you could easily spend half a day here wandering around and perhaps, taking a picnic. There are toilets and a darling little cafe.

It was a great place to visit in Wiltshire and one that I would recommend!

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View across the Wiltshire countryside.

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