Monday, May 04, 2015

Winkworth Arboretum

About an hour from home is Winkworth Arboretum. It is many years since we have been been there (in fact the cubs were both quite small).

Clearly we were not the only visitors and had to queue to get in and park. (The chap at the gate explained that an hour earlier, they had closed the gates and sent people away because they were so busy). As it happens we didn't have to wait too long.

The Arboretum seems better laid out than GF remembers it - maybe NT have been investing in the infrastructure.

The Arboretum was looking good. The bluebells were carpeting the woodlands, the Acers were looking spring fresh and glowed in the sunlight. Possibly the most impressive  sight, however, was the azalea steps. This was a narrows set of steps leading up the from the lake to the top of hill. Lining the steps was a wall of different azaleas and rhododendrons.  It was spectacular, if somewhat overrun by fellow visitors.

We stopped for a cream tea at the end of the visit then headed home. It was a super afternoon.

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