This easy walk takes you around Llanerchaeron and explores the history of a self-sufficient estate that remains productive to this day.
To enjoy this walk, please pass through Visitor Reception to obtain your tickets.
Llanerchaeron car park
Once you’ve made your way through Visitor Reception (located in the car park) make your way to the main estate drive.
Walk up the main drive and continue until you see a sign and a path to your left for the lake. You are now walking through the Pleasure Grounds, an area that we’re restoring back to its original Georgian character.
Restoring the Pleasure Grounds
Over the years this area has lost its original character, as rhododendron ponticum dominated, taking away the feeling of an open, diverse landscape. Notice that we’ve started cutting it back and introduced new planting as part of a project to restore the Pleasure Grounds. Find out more about our restoration project here.
After entering the woods, a path forks off to your left, this takes you through the fern garden. Continue on the path and take notice of the door to the walled garden, we’ll return to this door after visiting the lake.
Home to a mix of native ferns – it has been said that it might be the oldest surviving hardy fernery in Britain!
You’ll re-join the path you were on, taking you through the Dutch garden, and to the lake. Take the path going to the right of the lake and enjoy the relaxing walk around the lake.
The lake and island are shown on maps made in 1803 and are typical features of Georgian landscape design. Original planting around the lake included oak, beech, Scots pine and Silver fir. A Wellingtonia (giant redwood), a Deodar cedar and one of four Morinda spruce in Ceredigion (one of the other three being found in Llanerchaeron churchyard) were planted in the second half of the 19th century.
After you’ve circled the lake, return to the main path, re-trace your steps and take the path to your right back to the fern garden and the doorway to the walled garden.
Enter the walled garden, take in the seasonal highlights, walk through the garden, past the greenhouses, to the doorway on the far left that takes you into the farm.
Walled garden highlights
The state of the art walled gardens were most likely built at the same time as the villa. Fruit and vegetables have been in near continuous production since the turn of the 19th century. Some of the old espaliers are thought to be over 150 years old.
Go through the doorway to the rickyard, make your way around the yard, and continue walking, keeping the buildings on your left.
Notice the round ‘rickstands’ where traditionally, hay and straw would have been stacked after harvest.
You’ll walk past the farm buildings, feel free to meander off the path and explore, after passing the Stable courtyard, you’ll return to the main path into the estate.
Llanerchaeron car park
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