The spring walk winds down through the gardens, providing a variety of seasonal interest stretching from the main drive to the lower sunken garden area. Along the walk there is a general woodland feel, with frequent views through to other areas of the garden. Numerous herbaceous plants such as Helleborus spp., Symphytum ‘Hidcote Blue’, Symphytum ‘Hidcote Pink’, Euphorbia polychroma ‘Candy’ and Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Robbiae’ may be viewed along the route. In addition, there are groups of bulbous plants such as bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), summer snowflake (Leucojum aestivum) and quamash (Camassia quamash).

Spring walk

The walk passes a grassed terrace at the top corner of the old arboretum area, which features specimens of young monkey puzzle (Araucaria araucana), Italian cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) and mountain gum (Eucalyptus dalrympleana). From the terrace there are great views over the old arboretum and meadow areas. To the east, the view along the formal avenue of small-leaved lime (Tilia cordata ‘Greenspire’) to the distant semi-circle of copper beech (Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea Group) provides a sense of scale. Many Japanese maple (Acer palmatum spp.) and spring flowering shrubs such as Ribes sanguineum ‘White Icicle’ can be found along the walk.