Askham Hall Gardens
A Summer Trip
Despite a forecast of possible rain, 14 members of Asby WI continued with their plans for an afternoon out together instead of an evening meeting. The venue was Askham Hall Gardens where folk gathered in beautiful sunshine that meant umbrellas and waterproofs remained firmly stowed away.
With the aid of the clear maps provided, members followed the garden trail in small groups enjoying the warm sun and, more especially, the wonderful flowers, shrubs and trees. The trail led through woodland areas, through a garden of ‘giants’, past a delightful pond and along the 230 foot herbaceous border which was was ablaze with colour. Features en route included seats with views, an enormous redwood, and an old gipsy caravan which is now used as a registry office at weddings. After passing the medieval hall the trail led to a view across the River Lowther to Askham Church and where a herd of goats was resting on the bank in the afternoon sun.
Needless to say, the afternoon concluded with tea and cake before members made their ways back to Appleby and Great Asby.