Sunday, 4 October 2015

Rudyard Lake and Biddulph Grange

You might remember that in August we visited Batemans, the home of writer Rudyard Kipling.  In my blog post I mentioned that Kipling was name after Rudyard Lake.  So when we had the chance to visit it on holiday we of course had to go and have a look!

There is a lovely little miniature steam railway which runs alongside the lake so we decided that as it was raining heavily we would take the railway and have fun riding on that and seeing the lake as well.  It was not a day for walking - as I will explain more further in this post!



The lake is actually a reservoir and it is long and narrow.  As you will see from these pictures you can easily see from one side to the other.






The leaves were only just starting to change colour, I imagine that they look wonderful by now.




There are several house and boathouses and other buildings on the other side of the lake to the railway.





You can see how small the train was.  It is a real steam train though and runs all year round.



The carriages are very small too!  A tight fit for two adults on one seat.

 
It was a great visit and would be even better in the summer!  Or just on a dry day, but it was still good on a wet day and was a good way to see the lake.
 


We then wanted something else to do and realised that we were close to Biddulph Grange Garden.  The gardens are run by the National Trust, although the house that is on the site is privately owned.

The gardens are incredible.  They run from one sort of garden to another, often through different buildings or hedges and so on.  It is great place to explore.

Sadly, it was heaving with rain.  More than you can imagine.  The paths were like rivers.  So sadly we had a very quick visit!  It was enjoyable though and again, I would recommend it, but on a dry day.  If you want to see a drier visit, Rosemary at Where Five Rivers Meet went there probably about the same time as us, her post is here.  Or you can find the National Trust page here.


So I only have a few shots from inside the Chinese Pavilion which is a very beautiful building.  You can see how wet it was though!







So that is all I have of the gardens to show you.  I can recommend it though!


A wet day, but still a good one!

Amy

26 comments:

  1. A shame about the weather, but the gardens and the lake are lovely.

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  2. The primary school I went to was called Rudyard Kipling. An old teacher now lives near Batemans and spends a lot of time there. It is beautiful at tgis time if year. Xx

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  3. Thanks for sharing ... it's a shame for the rain ... The train was impressive ... have a nice day !

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  4. What fun to go on the little steam train, not many of those about now.

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  5. Oh no what a shame about the rain. It looks lovely though and means that you will just have to have another holiday in the area. The train is so cute x

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  6. They look lovely places to wander around. Pity about the weather.

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  7. Oh no, not really a day to go garden visiting but at least you got to see it even though it would have been nicer in better weather.

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  8. Lovely photos, Amy. What a shame about that rain!

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  9. Sometimes even such inclement weather can't put a dampener on such a lovely place as Rudyard Lake! And how fortuitous that there was the little train to take you around the lake! We went on a similar ride when we stayed in Rye and travelled the Romney, Hythe and Dimchurch light railway in tiny carriages similar to the ones in your photos.
    Not been to Biddulph Grange although seen it on TV - how I'd love to visit there - of course, when those garden buildings were constructed, everything Oriental was very popular. And doesn't that lovely Chinese red look great against all the green foliage!
    Margaret P

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  10. It looks lovely there Amy but a shame it was so rainy. At least you had cover from the little train to view the lake. The gardens and pavilion look beautiful. Have a wonderful week ahead. Pam

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  11. Photos come out much better in the rain, all the colours look much nicer. Annoying though! Glad you had a good trip. x

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  12. Hi Amy! What a gorgeous place! You really captured some beautiful snaps. I'm sorry it was raining like that. The little train is so cute. My hubby would love that. The gardens are just beautiful! You have so much to see around you! I love coming along with you. Thanks for poopping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  13. Such a beautiful place to visit. I know of one little boy who would have loved that train!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  14. Too bad about the rain, didn't know Rudyard Kipling , till you mentioned it in an earlier post, was named for a lake. Love steam trains no matter how small.

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  15. What a pity about the weather but at least it was good for the plants! The little train looks fun, if a bit on the snug side! I'd love to visit Batemans, maybe one day .... xx

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  16. My parents used to take me to Rudyard Lake as a youngster, but I didn't realise Rudyard Kippling was named after it.
    I am sorry that you had bad weather for your visit to Biddulph - its all the luck of the draw isn't - I believe that we were just fortunate. Thanks for the mention Amy.

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  17. Such a shame about the weather, I know two little boys and a Grandad who would have loved the train. The gardens certainly looked impressive.

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  18. The gardens look beautiful, and from a photography point of view,the rain adds interest, though I'm sure it was less fun being on the receiving end! Love the little steam train! X

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  19. Oooh, i want to ride the train - AND spend some time in the Chinese Pavilion . . .
    now you remind me I must get some Garden Photos for you . . BUT, i vote your Chinese Pavilion in the rain the most AWESOME - (and, i bet there's a Celestial Dragon waiting to share tea . . . giggle) Thank you for sharing.

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  20. I do love riding on trains, no matter how small. Looks a lovely trip you had, despite the rain!
    Caz xx

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  21. What a shame the weather was so rubbish on the day you visited. It's a very pleasant walk around Rudyard Lake (around the whole lake, that is, about 5 miles) and BGG is lovely too, especially on a sunny day! I'm sure you can find both on my my blog if you search to see sunnier days versions!

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  22. so sorry it rained 'on your parade'....but it looks as if you all made the best of it!!! good for you!!!

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  23. That Chinese garden is gorgeous, rain or no! The lake looks very picturesque and I particularly like the building out of the water - a boathouse? Cute train, too :) xx

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  24. What a shame it was so wet, but you still show how beautiful it is through your photos.

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  25. bummer about all of the rain....but it looks like a good time! I love train rides especially tiny train rides. They take you through some picturesque places!!

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  26. Beautiful pictures...I especially love the one where you can see the rain coming down! Thank you for the virtual trip and history of this place. I would have never known it existed if it wasn't for you!!!

    I wonder if I could fit in the little train...

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