Camaraderie in Cumbria


It is a long journey from home up to my Mum’s in the west of Scotland but the Golfer and I always ensure we take advantage of stop-offs on the way – whether it be gardens or properties or golf courses (for the Golfer to add to his golf score card collection). The annual Gardeners’ World 2 for 1 booklet includes some smaller and less well-known gardens and thus we made a pleasant diversion On Friday to Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens near Garstang.

IMG_5456A little off the beaten track but still not far from the M6 this hillside garden has a wide range of perennials and woodland plants with a stream running down the hillside through the garden and lovely views of the surrounding Forest of Bowland. As a working farm the owners have to balance their obvious love of gardens with animal husbandry and the farm now also attracts families by enabling children to feed the young animals as well as providing a fun play area, nature walks and a conservation area, thus appealing to a wider range of visitors.

The gardens are dedicated to the memory of the owner’s late mother, who enthusiasm inspired her to continue with her love of gardening and although some areas are still in various stages of progress or yet to established the ambition is to develop the woodland, grasslands and gardens to create a haven of peace and tranquillity. This tranquillity is already in evidence in many parts and I particularly liked this long border filled mostly with hostas (main picture above) and the embryonic grasses garden (below).

IMG_5445Taking advantage of the campervan, we were stopping a night on our travels north, near Grange-over-Sands in the South Lakes as we had a special assignation – with Anna of Green Tapestry and Himself. We met at Holker Hall, not far from where their static caravan is, and enjoyed a pleasant afternoon making each others’ acquaintance and admiring the gardens, pictures below. As I have said several times recently it is such a delight to be able to put faces to blogger’s names and learn a little more about their non-blogged selves – lovely to meet you, Anna!

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24 Responses to Camaraderie in Cumbria

  1. rusty duck says:

    Fab fab fab.. the gardens and meeting Anna!

  2. Noelle says:

    So pleased you made the most of your journey up. Lovely pictures, and great that you and Anna met up.

  3. AnnetteM says:

    Lovely gardens – glad you enjoyed your trip. Do you ever make it over to the east coast of Scotland? We have some wonderful gardens too and golf courses.

  4. What a wonderful trip…so lucky to have these sights along the way and to meet up with Anna!

  5. Anna says:

    I’ve noted Cobble Hey Gardens for future reference. It was indeed a really pleasant afternoon Cathy in most convivial company. We will have to do it again sometime. I hope that the Golfer was successful in his mission to expand his scorecard collection. If not let me know as himself will be happy to visit the golf courses concerned. Enjoy the rest of your trip and safe journey home.

  6. rickii says:

    This post was especially welcome as I have been reading several books based on Arthurian legend. Of course things were not cultivated in this way, but that first shot of the landscape brough some scenes to life for me.

    • Cathy says:

      I suspect most of Arthur’s exploits were further south, rickii, but I could be wrong. I too think of times gone by when we pass through remote areas like this – and when you see the routes that Roman soldiers used to march, always in a straight line regardless of the terrain…

  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Looks like a marvelous spot – happy journeying!

  8. Christina says:

    Meeting with other bloggers has been an unexpected extra pleasure. Who would have expected that meeting someone you only ‘know’ virtually would be so rewarding. You should think of organising something along the lines of the bloggers fling (that happens in the US) I’m sure there are lots of centres where we could visit some public but much more fun some bloggers gardens. A bit like the yellow book but with an added dimension. Have a great time with your mum. I may be unexpectedly in the UK as my mil broke her femur and will need me to be with here for a while.

    • Cathy says:

      You are so right, Christina and I am happy to be making the small effort that is required to meet blogging friends, so do let us know when you come to the UK. I put out tentative feelers about the ‘fling’ concept a few months ago and there was some interest shown and reference to a potential bigger fling in the UK in due course. Still worth thinking about organising something small scale ourselves…..?

  9. Chloris says:

    Lovely that you had chance to meet Anna, what a treat. Lovely gardens too. I wonder where you will be off to next and who you will be meeting?

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