Snowdrop walks at Rode Hall return for 2017
Regular readers will know that we are now approaching the time of year when they can experience one of the UK’s finest snowdrop walks.
Taking place at Rode Hall & Gardens, near Congleton, these mark the start of spring and are billed as ‘a beautiful end-of-winter walk for all the family with a wonderfully diverse landscape’.
Taking in and over 70 varieties of snowdrops, guests will be able to walk along paths amidst carpets of white flowers on a mile-long route (with options for longer or shorter walks).
There’s an opportunity to take in the wild beauty of cascading snowdrops in the Old Wood and Wild Garden, the scenic path down to the lake and drifts of snowdrops in the borders of the formal Nesfield garden in front of the hall.
Highlights also include the two acre Walled Kitchen Garden and an unmissable vista down the Colonel’s Walk where some of the rarest varieties can be viewed.
Rode’s stunning snowdrops are often described as one of the natural treasures of the North West of England.
This time of year is also one of the finest times for visitors to visit the Grade II listed park and gardens, when the Humphry Repto-designed landscape is at its most visible.
A labour of love, the snowdrops have multiplied over six generations of the Wilbraham family. They were first planted by Sibella Wilbraham in 1833 who came from a family of gifted gardeners.
This passion and care continues to the present day, having been further developed by Anne Baker Wilbraham over the last 30 years.
Visitors can also buy Rode Hall snowdrops (including limited amounts of many of the more unusual varieties) to plant at home.
Rode Hall’s Tea Room will also be open, with a flaming wood burner and local seasonal menu.
Everything possible is grown in the Kitchen Garden and home made at the hall, or sourced from the Rode Hall Farmers’ Market (this include: soups, sausage baps, cakes, cream teas, biscuits and ice cream).
Rode Hall’s shop will also be open, selling Rode’s new range of jams, pickles and cordials made with produce from its organic Kitchen Garden.
Randle Baker Wilbraham, owner of Rode Hall says: “We are looking forward to welcoming visitors of all ages to come and experience the beautiful snowdrop walks in the enchanting gardens here at Rode.
“We hope that everyone will have a special day out: take in the walks, and enjoy our Tea Room.
“We love sharing this unforgettable start to spring with our visitors – those who make an annual pilgrimage from across the UK, along with those closer to home and our new visitors too.”
Sam Youd, Chair of Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction (former Head Gardener at Tatton) adds: “Rode Hall and Gardens is a real gem that everyone should try and visit especially during the snowdrop season.”
Saturday 30th January – Sunday 6th March (11am – 4pm, closed Mondays)
£5 adults / £1 children / under 5s free
Rode Hall & Gardens, Cheshire ST7 3QP