Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Hare Hill - Macclesfield

I'm a member of the National Trust and love nothing more than escaping to a property at the weekend and having a good old nosy around. Big or small, I find something interesting about each location! Hare Hill is a woodland park with a walled garden at its centre. Small yet perfectly formed.

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The day that we visited was a pleasant summer's day which might have been my last chance to wear a summer dress, cheers English weather! It was perfect for exploring the woodland!

As you arrive at Hare Hill, there is plenty of parking and a shed where you pay your money to enter the property, pick up a map etc. The guide here was one of the friendliest we've come across at National Trust - I think because we were out of the car and truly face to face? It's also a quieter property I think, less of the crowds of places like Dunham Massey.

Hare Hill Hare Trail

All through the park, there were sculptures of hares (I admit, at the time I didn't make the connection to Hare Hill). These form a Hare Trail that you can use to explore the woodland. This kind of thing is great for kids on walks, it keeps them motivated and offers some interest and excitement for them. This little guy was my favourite. 

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The Garden Hub

Here you could pick up plants to buy, grab a coffee, learn about the work of Hare Hill as well as pick up some second hand books following an honesty box system. They're currently fundraising to dredge their ponds so every little helps. Here you'll also find loos and plenty of benches! There's a greenhouse that you can peek into as well. 
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I'm definitely stealing these sweet pea scaffold ideas for next year's garden! 

The Bird Hide

We stumbled across the bird hide and had a little snoop around. It looks out onto a wide open area filled with bird feeders. Inside, you'll find posters and books on the local birds you are likely to see. I love watching birds so spent a little time in here taking it all in. You can borrow binoculars from the kiosk if you need to. 

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The Ponds

The ponds at Hare Hill are home to a wide range of animals. One of them in particular also offers great views over the surrounding area. As I mentioned previously, Hare Hill are currently fundraising to bring a shire horse to the property in order to dredge the ponds (more info in the link), with diggers not being an option. 

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Hare Hill National Trust Macclesfield #lbloggers

Hare Hill National Trust Macclesfield #lbloggers

The Walled Garden

The walled garden was a little spot of organisation in the middle of the wilder country park. It looked like it would be perfect for a picnic! 

It was restored in the 1970s by the owner at the time, Charles Brocklehurst. He commissioned two horse sculptures which still stand in the garden today. Also in the garden is a pergola and borders of stunning flowers. 

Places Nearby

Hare Hill is not a full day outing but nearby are many other lovely places to visit. As part of the National Trust, you could also visit Alderley Edge, Nether Alderley Mill or a little further away is Lyme Park, Quarry Bank or my favourite, Dunham Massey

We went to Hare Hill in the afternoon, and stopped in Knutsford for some dinner. There's so many beautiful places to visit in Cheshire that you're really spoilt for choice!

You can find my other travel posts here - Tori's World: Travel posts or my posts on other National Trust properties here - Tori's World: National Trust 

Where is your favourite place to visit?

Tori xx
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