Snowdrop walk at Dudmaston

PUBLISHED: 15:03 25 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:33 20 February 2013

Snowdrop walk at Dudmaston

Snowdrop walk at Dudmaston

Visitors are invited to put on their walking shoes this month, when Dudmaston Estate opens up its ancient wooded Dingle for its annual snowdrop walks

White magic

Visitors are invited to put on their walking shoes this month, when Dudmaston Estate opens up its ancient wooded Dingle for its annual snowdrop walks.

For the first two weekends of the February, visitors can spot the clusters of snowdrops scattered on either side of the valleys brook as they make their way round the circular walk.

The Dingle, which has existed in its current form since the late 18th century, was specifically designed by the halls then owners and gardener to be a thought-provoking and impressive landscaped woodland walk. Influenced by the ideas of William Shenstone, an eminent literary figure with highly respected ideas for landscape gardening, Dudmaston Halls residents and guests were encouraged to connect with the romantic ideals of the landscape and to treat their exercise not only as a physical, but also as a spiritual journey.

This February, visitors can refresh mind and body by following a circuit of approximately one mile to enjoy the first signs of spring with the multitude of snowdrops growing in the woods.

Mike Annis, Dudmaston Estate Warden, said: Part of the beauty of the Dingle at this time is looking for the next snowdrop cluster by the bridge at the entrance, near the footbridge crossing or towards the farthest point of the walk. And this year, visitors can also explore the Dingle via an additional recently reinstated footpath for a new perspective of this magical, romantic place.

The Dingle is open from noon until 4pm on Saturday 5, Sunday 6, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 February, with refreshments on sale in the tearoom from 11.30am. Potted snowdrops will also be on sale.

Admission is 2.50 for adults and free for National Trust members and children. Appropriate footwear is advisable as paths can be muddy.

For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dudmaston or call 01746 780866.

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