Sometimes on a hot day nothing will do but a trip around the water gardens of North Herefordshire! Last summer we enjoyed three gardens all with lots of water along with cups of tea and plenty of cake.
Ralph Court Gardens
Ralph Court Gardens is the most expensive option and the one that captured our interest for the longest. At £25 for a family or £8 per adult it won’t break the bank though. The gardens are fun, funny and fascinating and there is lots of water everywhere.
One of us got a bit too close to the green man and got a soaking! We didn’t stop for the full Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea, but we did manage a scone with jam and cream. The views from the gardens are a fabulous bonus too!
The nearest Trail is at Bromyard, which is less than 3 miles away.
Westonbury Mill Water Gardens
The beauty of Westonbury Mill Water Gardens is you can dawdle for hours amongst the different parts of the garden. We sat for over 20 minutes on one bench waiting for the cuckoo clock to do its thing. To be fair, we did get there with 20 minutes to spare before the clock struck 4. It was well worth the wait!
The water mill itself is fascinating to watch too. The cafe serves fabulous cakes and we sat outside in the sunshine enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of Victoria sponge each. Entrance is just £6 per adult and we were there for an entire afternoon - great value.
The closest Trail is at Kington, which is just 5 miles further west.
Kenchester Water Gardens
The best bit about Kenchester Water Gardens are they are free to wander around. They are attached to a shop which sells everything you can possible want to do with ponds and fish tanks. The shop is almost as interesting as the gardens themselves.
The friends we were with bought a beautiful stork to put next to their pond. Then it was time for a cup of tea and home made biscuit. After which we browsed the plant sales before heading home.
With options of three Hereford Trails, just three miles away, you will be spoilt for choice!
Amanda Ingham 18th June 2018