Winter time at The Argory

Dust off the cobwebs and enjoy a frosty walk around The Argory grounds.

Join us for a walk this winter and enjoy landscapes at their seasonal best.

Stormy weather

The winter storms in late December/early January have been quite destructive around the property and have certainly left their mark. The Ranger team on the ground have been working hard to keep access open, removing fallen trees and debris from walking trails and ensuring that all areas are safe for visitors. Although the house, coffee and gift shop are closed in January, the grounds are open daily from 10am until 4pm.

Winter time at The Argory

When the trees have lost their leaves, the rugged beauty of their textured bark and spreading branches are revealed. Large oaks with their full crowns create beautiful silhouettes against the winter sky, while the frost glistens on the golden branches of the larch.

The busy squirrel is easily spotted traversing the tangled network of branches with ease, gathering acorns for his winter feast. Red robins with their feathers all fluffed up against the cold follow the gardener waiting for tasty treats to be unearthed as he works the soil. It’s the perfect time of year to see a kingfisher perched above the icy River Blackwater warming himself up in a patch of winter sun.

With its distinctive red-breast, the robin is a familiar sight across the UK
Robin perched on a branch