Sizergh Castle is just over a mile from the cottage, over the fields–a little further if you stick to the roads. It is a favourite destination for a short walk when we stay in the cottage, and as we are National Trust members, we can go in free for a quick wander around the gardens. There is also a tea shop (you don’t have to pay to go in to use the teashop).
The castle comes into sight as you approach across the fields, with the hills beyond Kendal in the distance.
These photos were taken in August 2018 – following the drought and heatwave this year, some of the autumn colours have come a little early.
Part of the garden has a long border backed by a limestone wall, still very colourful at the end of the summer.
The main attraction is a giant rock garden, with paths winding through lumps of limestone in a depression.
There is also a kitchen garden, a lake with lilies, and other borders and lawns – but the rock garden is our favourite. We try to go several times a year, to see how the changing seasons affect the garden.