Stourhead Garden, Stourton, Warminster, Wiltshire
Stourhead Garden, so the National Trust tells us, is world famous and with views like this it certainly deserves to be. The Palladian Bridge and Pantheon is probably one of the most popular views and even though I was holding the camera when I took this picture I find it hard to believe that the scene is real.
These gardens were constructed around the middle of the 18th century by Henry Hoare II and were designed to provide a series of vistas rather than displays of flowers.
The Temple of Flora with the Palladian Bridge just beyond. The lake is just out of the picture to the right.
The total estate covers 2650 acres, although not all is formal garden, and includes the Iron Age hillforts of Whitesheet Hill and Park Hill Camp.
The lake at Stourhead is no little pond. It took us about two hours to walk round the lake, which is a route of around one and a half miles, stopping to look at various features which includes many remarkably fine trees.
This view includes, on the far side, the Temple of Flora and the Palladian Bridge.
This view of the Pantheon, also shown in the very first picture, is from part the way round the lake.
From what I remember the path around the lake is generally suitable for wheelchair users with just a few deviations from the usual route but the Grotto and the Temple of Apollo are not accessible to wheelchair users.
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