Autumn Walk at Biddulph Grange
This autumn trail through Biddulph Grange will take you through the garden to enjoy the splendors of autumn. Please note that whilst this walk is easy, there are steps to negotiate.
The Italian Garden
Walk through the Italian Garden, turn right at the roundabout yew on to Lime Avenue.
Lime Avenue is the oldest avenue of trees in the garden and was once Bateman's walk to church. The limes grow out of a continuous bed of ivy, kept close to the ground. The ivy bed has a scalloped edge whose every bulge contains a lime trunk and creates bold evergreen curves in autumn as the limes begin to lose their leaves.
At the ornamental gates, turn left, then left up the gravel path to cross the tennis lawn. As you exit the tennis lawn you face the house and lake. Turn right through the tunnel into the pinetum.
Within the Pinetum, fine lawns flank a gravel path, with raised banks of different shapes and heights behind them. Bateman planted in generous groups to create striking features. The Pinetum is planted with Bateman's collection of evergreens from around the world, including monkey puzzle trees and the garden's oldest Wellingtonias which are planted high up as Bateman wanted the visitor to admire the roots, trunk and canopy of the trees.
Enter the Cheshire Cottage facing you. Look briefly to your right to see the Ape of Thoth, then turn to your left to walk down the tunnel out into the Egyptian court.
Egypt is home to 5 sculptures by sculptor Benjamin Waterhouse-Hawkins - 4 sphynx and Thoth, the ape god of botany. It is surrounded by a beech hedge, the only non-evergreen hedge in the garden which comes alive in autumn, glowing golden orange in the watery sunlight.
Pass under the arch of the beech hedge and turn left and left again to bring you into the stumpery, the oldest stumpery in the country made entirely of oak stumps. As you descend the steps, turn left opposite the Shelter House to take you into the Chinese Garden.
The Chinese Garden is at its visually most magnificent in the autumn with pillarbox-red acers and the glow of the golden larch, all against a backdrop of the pagoda adorned with gold seahorses, ducks and bells. It is designed around the Victorian idea of a Chinese garden as depicted on the famous willow plate. Spend some time here exploring the Joss House, Watch Tower and intricate pathways.
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