The gardens in wartime
The Dig for Victory initiative meant queuing to buy rationed seeds at Woolworths, growing food in the flower beds, burying an Anderson shelter in the Banks and Land Girls overnighting in the stables. To make things even more unrecognizable even the pools were drained to ensure they could not aid navigation for enemy pilots.
The mirror pool is a striking feature of Upton's Garden. From the lawn you can look down and see the kitchen garden and colourful terraced reflected in it. But its clay liner has a leak, so we need to drain the pool and reline the pool to see the reflections once again.
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.
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 highlights of the others, the stunning view from the Edge overlooking Warwickshire below.