Gardens

Lady Bearsted developed Upton’s Bog Garden with Kitty Lloyd Jones © Mike Perry

Lady Bearsted developed Upton’s Bog Garden with Kitty Lloyd Jones

Lady Bearsted and Upton's gardens

Lady Bearsted’s enduring legacy is Upton's gardens. A walk from the orchard, past the rock garden, down the herbaceous border, along the Mirror Pool, past the formal gardens and hornton stone staircase, finishing in the Bog Garden, means your gaze never leaves her inspirations, realised by Kitty Lloyd Jones, her garden designer.

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Images of autumn

Life in the country

Practice hurdles on the drive at Upton House and Gardens

Lord and Lady Bearsted were passionate about country pursuits especially horse riding.  Those pastimes were at the heart of life at Upton and a major consideration in the choice of Warwickshire for weekend entertaining.

You can enjoy walks in the area with one of our downloadable maps below.

Great walking from Upton

The Ley Line Walk

The stile on the ridge of Edgehill on Uptons ley line walk © Mike Perry

This walk follows old ley lines, taking you to stunning views over Warwickshire where you look down on to an English Civil War battlefield. There is a choice of two inns to take a rest, both of which have links to the battle.

The Shenington Round

Bell Inn at Shenington on the Shenington Round walk nr Upton © Bell Inn

The Shenington Round takes in the same stunning view as the other two walks but it approaches it from Shenington Village where you can stop off for a welcome break at the Bell Inn.

The What a View Walk

The stile on the ridge of Edgehill on Uptons ley line walk © Mike Perry

This is the shortest of the walks enabling you to take in the highlight of the others, the stunning view from the Edge overlooking Warwickshire below.

Treasure hunt for techies

Come and find our new geocaches. See what people have left for you and find out more about Upton and its history.

All about asters!

A bee finds early autumn nectar on Upton's asters. © Mike Perry

A bee finds early autumn nectar on Upton's asters.

Upton has the National Collection of Asters, and early autumn is the best time to come and see them. The collection is dominated by three species, aster amellus, aster cordifolius and aster ericoides, with nearly 100 different cultivars between them. Upton also grows a selection of other species in the aster border showing the flowers arranged in a traditional way, mixed with other late flowering plants giving welcome autumn colour and structure. Asters bring the season of perennials to a climactic end, their blossom attracting a late flourish of hoverflies, pollen seeking bees and drifts of passing butterflies - not to be missed.

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