If you’re looking for a lovely day out this Autumn, I highly recommend a trip to Sheffield Park Gardens in West Sussex.
The garden is a horticultural work of art formed through centuries of landscape design, with influences of ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphry Repton. There are four lakes which form the heart of the garden, with paths circulating through the glades and wooded areas surrounding them.
The historic parkland forms a larger footprint for the Sheffield Park estate. Dating back several centuries, it has had many uses including a deer park and WWII camp, and is now grazed with livestock and home to our natural woodland play trail in Ringwood Toll.
The River Ouse runs across the bottom of the parkland and the original meanders are still visible winding across the meadow. This area has been transformed into a wildlife haven and is home to a diverse range of species including kingfishers, birds of prey, butterflies, and dragonflies.
It costs £11.20 to enter unless you’re an RHS member in which case it is free 🙂 and the gardens open from 10am until 5pm.
I recommend getting there early as the Autumn beauty of the parks is quite the draw and it gets pretty busy. If you can take public transport it’s a good idea as the carpark gets full quite quickly.
There is something great about autumn walks don’t you think? Especially if you’ve got kids with you – you can find delight in the smallest things such as collecting conkers or acorns, creating tree rubbings or finding places to hide and have mini adventures.
Best of all you get to see so much beauty, escape the rat race for a few hours and breath in some fresh clean air. It’s glorious!
One of the things I particularly enjoyed was walking across all of the various bridges in the gardens – some went over dried up streams, others crossed massive lakes with the biggest fish in them that you’ve ever seen.
You can take picnics with you to the gardens, although I wouldn’t recommend it as there is a gorgeous little café there with very reasonably priced food! We enjoyed delicious jacket potatoes which topped our day off nicely!