Restoring the Cascade - phase 2

Trees and a stone folly tower line the wide grassy walkway

In 2016 we entered the third year of our Higher Level Stewardship Scheme with Natural England. Our aim was to survey the structure and stabilise the Cascade for the future. 

The Cascade is an integral part of the Grade 1* listed landscape parkland. The aim was to ensure that the monument remains intact for ever.

The wall of the cascade ready to be restored
Wall of the cascade in need or repair
The wall of the cascade ready to be restored

Plan of works

With the help of a local Archaeologist, who worked with us as a watching brief throughout this important investigation work, we removed all the external vegetation and exposed the raw structure.

Next phase was to dig a series of pit holes to establish the condition of the foundation stones below the monument and to ensure that the integral structure of the monument was not put under any further stress.

A specialist engineer surveyed the structure and recommendations then arose from these findings. A plan of works and recommendations was drawn together before going out to tender.

View Points

The best place to view the Cascade and the Serpentine is along the terrace walk, where excellent views can be seen around the parkland from the different vantage points and buildings along the walk.

Latest updates

22 May 16

Survey of the structure

The structure is such as important feature in its own right that we need to make sure that we have a much greater understanding of how it worked, not only functionally but also in the landscape setting. Survey work is ongoing at the moment to assess the structural support of the foundation rocks the area is sitting on, before any proposals of work are undertaken.

Groups of people on the shore of the lake