Lady Bearsted and Upton
Without doubt the most permanent impression left by Lady Bearsted at Upton was in the gardens. A walk from the orchard, past the rock garden, along the herbaceous borders and north lake borders, past the formal gardens and the hornton stone staircase finishing in the Bog Garden means your gaze never leaves the inspirations of Lady Bearsted, realised by Kitty Lloyd Jones, her 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
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.
Great walking from Upton
The Ley Line Walk
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
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
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.