We enjoyed another visit to Leamington, walking up through the Regency main street known as the Parade and looking around the unique smaller shops in the side streets and visiting the exhibition at the Pump Rooms - ‘This Green and Pleasant Land’.
Leamington takes its name from the river Leam which flows through the town and is another spa town with natural, mineral rich springs. I have blogged about the town previously, so today will focus on the Park.
The Jephson Gardens are located opposite the Royal Pump Rooms and the river Leam runs alongside. The gardens were created in 1831 and were originally known as the newbold Pleasure Gardens. In 1846 the gardens were renamed in honour of Dr Henry Jephson who lead the expansion of the town as a health spa. There are formal bedding areas and lots of lovely trees, a lake and fountains, a tropical glasshouse and a cafe.
Today we spotted several large carved tree stumps, new pieces of art completed this year. Some just for decoration, some made into seats too, the pictures and cut faces of wood have been polished. They were quite impressive.
And we enjoyed feeding the cheeky squirrels too.
Once on our way, it was good to see the church at Radford Semele had emerged from it wrappings. Over the past two years as we have passed it has been shrouded in scaffolding and plastic. Now it is sporting a very finely finished tower and new roof, with what looks like an extension on the side. You can just see it across the fields.
The hedgerows are full of fruit and berries along here, loads of crab apples, hips, haws and sloes.
And how about this rose, blooming on the 1st of November!
Leamington Spa – Long Itchington 6 miles, 10 locks