Join us for a guided walk through Rivington Terraced Gardens.
Our Branch is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a guided walk through the lovely Rivington Terraced Gardens on Wednesday 19 October 2016.
Rivington Terraced Gardens were originally created for soap magnate Lord Leverhulme and are situated in on the hillside below Rivington Pike. The Gardens were designed by noted landscape designer Thomas Mawson between 1905-1922. His vision created a dramatic hillside garden, featuring a heavily-wooded area including a network of footpaths that provide the terraces that give the Terraced Gardens their name.
There's a man-made ravine and cascade, with several bridges and fords crossing it. The upper section of the park contains the remains of the formal lawns and gardens which surrounded Lord Leverhulme's residences. These include a Japanese Garden and lake, an Italian Garden and lake, and the former Orchestra Lawn. The park contains many dramatic stone-built structures, including a magnificent 7-arched bridge, a number of Summer Houses and Viewing Platforms, and the haunting building known as the Pigeon Tower.
The walk will be lead by garden historian Elaine Taylor and a member of the Groundwork team who will provide information on the Gardens’ restoration programme.
Walkers should meet at Great House Barn at 10.30am and then drive on to Lower House carpark to begin the walk. A light lunch back at Great House Barn will round off the visit at about 1pm.
Please bring along wet-weather gear and good walking boots.