Known as the Cradle of Quakerism, the gardens at Swarthmoor Hall near Ulverston have become a restorative backdrop for those making a pilgrimage to the 17th-century hall which offered protection and hospitality to early Quakers. But it isn’t just Quakers who are drawn to these restful gardens just two miles from the lapping waves of the Cumbrian coast, look out for red squirrels, brown hair and roe deer among the greenery.
From the contemplative quiet garden to the beautiful wildflower meadow, Swarthmoor Hall is a dream on lazy summer afternoons. While those impatient for the signs of warmer months should head here in spring when the formal gardens are awash with the uplifting sight of snowdrops, tulips and daffodils and a carpet of wild purple crocus poke up through the earth.
Don’t worry if you forget your picnic, The Barn Café serves up tea and coffee, plus delicious homemade lunches and afternoon teas. If you’d like to experience Quaker hospitality or you’re looking for affordable accommodation close to the Lake District, Swarthmoor Hall also offers bright and cosy rooms within the Hall, as well as a traditional Shepherd’s Hut