The Rock Garden is a unique hidden garden, sympathetically landscaped to maintain its wild nature and peaceful atmosphere. Set in extensive limestone quarries, very near to Ugbrooke House, the gardens have planted dells and an illuminated cave, all nestling at the base of the impressive outcrop of Chudleigh Rock. The whole area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest protected for the abundance of wildlife, scenic value, rare plants and insects and its illusive waterfall and caves.
Your garden walk, which starts at the tea shop, takes you past the cyclamen, Ginko Biloba, the rock garden with its water splashing from pool to pool, to the pond with its fine Koi Orfe and Mirror Carp, the Grotto with its fossilized sponge in the rock above, and the start of the rock walk and view of Dartmoor.
Returning to the pond, taking the steps to the left of the grotto will lead you into the garden with all its delights for you to discover. Having explored the gardens and illuminated cave a further walk up steps and over the grassy plateaux will take you via a gateway into the Clifford Estate. Here by courtesy of Lord Clifford you will be able to walk to the top of the Rock, visit Cow Cave (you will need a torch for seeing in the cave) and then returning to the gateway descend a path to the glen waterfall. Immediately before Cow Cave, you will pass Pixie Cave which is gated to protect the colony of Greater Horseshoe bats which live there.
Mr Bruce or Mr John Boulton are usually available to take you to see the camp site which is set up under the umbrella of the Camping and Caravan club and details may be found in their big sites book under Certificated Sites for Chudleigh. Rosie will take orders from any customer still wishing to have Wreaths or Christmas Trees from Mr Boulton subject to availability. Please order before November 30th.
The cider press has been removed for renovation and when restored will be on view at Canonteign Falls.
We hope that you have enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing again in the near future.
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