Geo-Trips :: Explore the Bowood Estate

Bowood

A walk from Bowood House, Wiltshire, Wed, 12 May 2010 by Trevor Rickard

Situated between Calne and Chippenham in Wiltshire, the Bowood Estate makes a great day out with plenty to see and do for the whole family. My favourite time is in the spring when the parkland bluebells and rhododendrons are flooding the park with colour and the huge collection of specimen trees are fresh with new growth. The house is full of amazing artefacts and tales of famous people who worked there for the Earls of Shelbourne and the Marquises of Lansdowne. Robert Adam designed the orangery, Capability Brown laid out the park and Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen in the laboratory.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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ST9769 : Bowood House by Trevor Rickard
Bowood House
Bowood is a Grade I listed Georgian house and the home of the Marquess of... more

ST9769 : Bowood - The Little House by Trevor Rickard
Bowood - The Little House
View of the east facade of The Little House from the terraced gardens. The 1st... more

ST9769 : Bowood - The Orangery by Trevor Rickard
Bowood - The Orangery
The main entrance to The Orangery is flanked by two stags, created by Geiss of... more

ST9769 : Large lawn at Bowood by Trevor Rickard
Large lawn at Bowood
Looking south with The Little House on the right and Clarke's Hill on the Bowood... more

ST9769 : The terraced gardens at Bowood by Trevor Rickard
The terraced gardens at Bowood
The formal terraced gardens at Bowood cover almost every period of English garden... more

ST9769 : The Lower Terrace by Trevor Rickard
The Lower Terrace
With a fine view to the south-west across the lake and parkland. The clipped yew... more

ST9769 : The Upper Terrace by Trevor Rickard
The Upper Terrace
Gravel paths, lawns and flower beds enclosed by low box hedges, designed by Lady... more

ST9769 : Lower terrace fountain by Trevor Rickard
Lower terrace fountain
The Lion Fountain was designed by George Kennedy in 1851. His original statue at... more

ST9769 : Recumbent lion sculpture by Trevor Rickard
Recumbent lion sculpture
One of a pair which once looked down from the gate posts to The Big House. Moved... more

ST9769 : Ornamental stag in the gardens by Trevor Rickard
Ornamental stag in the gardens
On the steps joining the lower and upper terraced gardens. One of a pair created... more

ST9769 : Entrance to Lake Field by Trevor Rickard
Entrance to Lake Field
View north-east across Bowood Lake from the top of the steps leading down from the... more

ST9770 : Bowood Lake - 1 by Trevor Rickard
Bowood Lake - 1
View east across the widest part of the lake, with Canada geese in the foreground.... more

ST9770 : Bowood Lake - 2 by Trevor Rickard
Bowood Lake - 2
Looking east across the bottom end of the lake. The Canada geese parents were... more

ST9770 : Bowood Lake - 3 by Trevor Rickard
Bowood Lake - 3
The lake is half-a-mile long and was formed by drowning a small village called... more

ST9870 : Bowood Lake by Trevor Rickard
Bowood Lake
View west across the lake to the Bowood Arboretum, originally laid out by... more

ST9770 : The Doric Temple by Trevor Rickard
The Doric Temple
Folly created by Capability Brown in the 1760s. Estate tour - [[2143936]]

ST9770 : Bowood lake - 4 by Trevor Rickard
Bowood lake - 4
View east across the lake to the Doric Temple. The 'hole' on the left is the... more

ST9770 : Cascade and grotto at Bowood by Trevor Rickard
Cascade and grotto at Bowood
This cascade is the outlet from the Bowood Lake. The 1762 lake dam is on the right... more

ST9770 : Bluebells in the Bowood Arboretum by Trevor Rickard
Bluebells in the Bowood Arboretum
View south to Bowood Lake. This large arboretum was originally laid out by... more

ST9770 : Rhododendron in the arboretum by Trevor Rickard
Rhododendron in the arboretum
Several large rhododendrons are situated just to the north of the walled garden.... more

ST9770 : Bowood Pinetum by Trevor Rickard
Bowood Pinetum
The pinetum was originally planted out in the mid-19th century as an addition to... more

ST9770 : Horizontal tree at Bowood by Trevor Rickard
Horizontal tree at Bowood
This substantial pine caught my eye in the arboretum. The centre part of the trunk... more

ST9770 : North side of the Arboretum at Bowood by Trevor Rickard
North side of the Arboretum at Bowood
With contrasting colours from bluebells and fresh tree growth near the perimeter... more

ST9770 : Hare at Bowood Arboretum by Trevor Rickard
Hare at Bowood Arboretum
As I approached this set of neatly trained horizontal branches what I thought was... more

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