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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Life in the country
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
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.
All about 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.