Walking

Walking trail

Our Winter Garden Walk

Walking trail

Enjoy some pre-Christmas calm or chill our after the festive season with a stroll among the sights, scents and sounds of nature in Bodnant’s Winter Garden. And while this walk is short, it takes you through 250 years of horticultural history at Bodnant Garden.

Bodnant Winter Garden Walk

Map

Bodnant Winter Garden Walk - Taith drwy Ardd Aeaf Bodnant

Start:

Begin your walk at the Visitor Centre

1

As you leave the Visitor Centre take the curving gravel path straight ahead beside the old acer tree (look out for birds gathering around the feeders hanging from its branches.) After a few metres take the first left turn and head for the Laburnum Arch. On the left of the arch entrance you’ll see another old acer (Acer dissectum palmatum). Its twisted trunk looks stunning even in winter.

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Stroll through the laburnum arch

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Exit the arch turning right and then left back to the main path. Turn left again where this path splits – marked on the corner by a group of young Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum) with distinctive bronze peeling bark. You’re now walking along the east border of the Winter Garden. Look out for flowering bulbs in beds marking the way - miniature daffodils from as early as December, followed by cyclamen, scilla, iris and many varieties of snowdrops in the New Year.

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3

At the end of this path turn right, next to the group of peeling, pink-barked Rhododendron Redwing, into the Winter Garden. Looking left you’ll see the Old Park, a meadow with native trees laid out in Georgian times. Continue down the path alongside the boundary beech hedge and see how the layers of new planting in the Winter Garden are lit up by low winter sun shining across the meadow.

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Enjoy the winter garden with family and friends at Bodnant

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Just past the gate to the Old Park meadow you’ll see an evergreen Champion Tree on your left – you may catch the scent of its white winter flowers too. This is False Holly (Osmanthus fortuneii) at 8m high the tallest of its kind in the British Isles. At this junction you can turn right and loop back up in a circular route along the crazy paving through the Winter Garden, taking in more of the planting (there are five shallow steps along the way).

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5

From the Osmanthus tree continue onward a few metres towards a bench on the left. A little further on the right hand side spot a large group of early flowering, pink Rhododendron nobleanum (they often start blooming in December) From this bench you’ll get a great view of the formal East Garden - running from the Round Garden to Bodnant Hall.

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A path winds through colourful trees, shrubs and grasses in the Winter Garden at Bodnant

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Loop around the Round Garden and back up along the north boundary of Winter Garden alongside the Top Lawn. You can see more of the layout of the Victorian formal garden from here, and signs of the original Georgian landscape design too in naturalistic parkland grouping of native trees.

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At the top of this path turn left along the Puddle Garden (running parallel to the Laburnum Arch). Developed in 2011, this area pays tribute to three generations of Bodnant head gardeners, Frederick, Charles and Martin Puddle, who played a key part in the development of the garden from 1920 to 2006. It is filled with plants loved by these men, including a number of rhododendron hybrids raised here.

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Back at the birds’ favourite Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ near the Visitor Centre, turn left on to the Range borders. On the left take a closer look at the parterre and fountain. You’ll find the garden exit along the garden wall on the right. Be sure to pop in at the Pavilion tearoom– warm up with our special winter menu and leave a wish on our Wishing Tree during December.

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Wish upon a tree at Bodnant Garden this Christmas

End:

End your walk at the garden exit

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Terrain

Bodnant Garden spans a hillside of the Conwy Valley and terrain varies across the 80 acres. Parts of the formal upper garden closest to the garden entrance are level with gravel and grass paths and are accessible to all including wheelchair users and pushchairs; longer walks to outlying areas, such as the Furnace Wood and Meadow Walk, include sections of steeper woodland paths not suitable for those with limited mobility. 

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Contact us

Call us on 01492 650460 or find further information here on our website.

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How to get here

Address
Bodnant Garden, Tal-y-Cafn, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, LL28 5RE
By train

Train to Llandudno Junction, 4.5 miles from Bodnant Garden, from where there is a regular bus service.

By road

From Betws-y-Coed take the A470 north, passing Llanrwst, following directions for the village of Eglwysbach and Bodnant Garden National Trust. Or from the A55, junction 19, take the A470 south, passing Glan Conwy, following directions to Eglwysbach and Bodnant Garden National Trust. 

By bus

The number 25 bus from Llandudno stops outside our gate. Please see the Arriva Wales website for bus times

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Facilities and access

  • Car parking - We have a large car park opposite the garden entrance
  • Refreshments - You'll find indoor seating and hot and cold meals at the Pavilion and Magnolia tearooms, snacks and outdoor seating at the Dell and Far End kiosks at certain times (see our website.) There are many picnic areas around the informal garden.
  • Dog walkers - Dogs are welcome all day every day October to March and on Wednesday evenings April to September. See our website for full details.) Assistance dogs are welcome at all times.
  • Toilets - These are situated in the car park and garden centre of the upper garden (plus a disabled access toilet in the Pavilion tearoom) and near the Old Mill in the Dell.
  • Shop - Visit our National Trust shop near the garden exit