Visitors to The Leasowes would take the famous 'circuit walk'. This path led around the garden allowing every aspect of the design to be fully experienced and appreciated. Walkers would be led past seats and urns carefully positioned to enhance a scene, or to allow the opportunity to rest and admire the carefully created views.
Many of the features also bore poems placed by Shenstone to evoke a sense of mood; some of the seats and urns were also dedicated to Shenstone's close friends. Water was of great importance in the design of The Leasowes and whilst walking around the garden the visitor would be constantly aware of both the sound and sight of water as it flowed through the valleys and rushed over cascades to plunge down into pools.
Nowadays, the most treasured hidden gem is 'Virgils Grove' that were restored to their former glory with £1.3 million Heritage Lottery Funding. Visitors can make the most of their time around the 57 hectare site enjoying walking along the footpaths amongst the wildlife and wildflowers across the reserve.
There is no visitor centre, café or toilets at the site, so plan your visit with this in mind.
For more information, including copies of leaflets, details about events and guided walks call +44 (0) 1384 814642.
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