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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Sights of summer

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.

Kitty - Upton's garden designer

Kitty Lloyd-Jones was a plants woman and designer who developed a friendship with Lady Bearsted. 

Seen above in a press cutting of one of her flower show displays, Kitty was one of the first female garden designers. 

When she came to Upton in the 1930s,  together with Lady Bearsted, she transformed the gardens into the tumbling terraces of colour you see today.

Keeping on top of things at the bottom

Upton's Mirror Pool after repair 2014

Upton's Mirror Pool after repair 2014

The Mirror Pool, one of the most memorable features of Upton, was drained and refilled during winter to deal with leaks.

After painstaking work, contractors found five leaks and duly plugged them with three tons of concrete.Thanks to winter rain the pool only took a few weeks to refill and once again is giving visitors pleasant memories of their visit to Upton.

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