Sunshine, showers and a cold wind didn’t stop us visiting one of Buckinghamshire’s best kept secrets.
The rhododendrons in the Edwardian Temple Gardens were just beginning to flower giving us some much needed colour against an ever changing sky.
Pack up your picnics and head off for a few hours of fresh air, exercise and family fun here at historic Langley Park. There are 100’s of acres of scenic paths, parkland, farmland and woodland, as well as flower gardens, an arboretum, a huge lake and children’s playground. If picnics aren’t your thing, an eco café with both indoor and outdoor seating is onsite for that much needed cup of tea. The café is located beside the car park and right next to the stunning rhododendrons in the Temple Gardens.
We had a brisk walk from the car park down to the lake (3/4 mile) on paths suitable for all users; they were muddy in places, but that’s no surprise due to the amount of rain we have had recently. We veered off the path briefly to take in the distant view of Windsor Castle, see if you can spot it when you visit.
Capability Brown, the 18th century landscape architect and royal gardener, planted many of the trees here in the park. He designed over 250 gardens of immense scale in his time, with Buckinghamshire’s Stowe being one of his first deigns in 1741. He is remembered as England’s greatest gardener, with many of his designs and ideas still used by gardeners around the world today.
There is a spacious car park, but parking charges apply all year. We paid £3.70 but believe it is money well spent as Langley Park offers a great day out for young and old, right here in our beautiful Buckinghamshire.
Langley Park Country Park