Hare Hill is a small National Trust site but don’t let its size put you off visiting. It is a small woodland and beautiful walled garden in Cheshire. Dotted around the woodland are 13 wood carved hares that your children will love to find. My eldest loves them all. The gardens are well maintained and there is even a greenhouse and plants for sale area. There are a couple of ponds, a bee hive, a bird hide. There are also plenty of logs left around for kids to balance on.
The walled garden is a lovely sheltered spot for a picnic. The garden in spring is beautiful but I am already planning on going back over the summer when different flowers will be in bloom.
We first visited with a group of friends mid-May and have returned twice since! Granted we only live a short drive away and are National Trust members. On our third visit, we took part in a half term activity ‘Plant it, grow it, eat it” where my eldest enjoyed planting dried peas. I will be looking out for other family events here in the future.
I picked up a leaflet whilst we were there for an outdoor production of The Smartest Giant in Town, one of our favourite Julia Donaldson books. I’m hoping to buy tickets to go see that there this summer. Cross your fingers it doesn’t rain!
Our tips for visiting Hare Hill
- Picnics are welcomed. There are only a couple of picnic benches but there is a lovely flat lawn in the walled garden, perfect for putting down a picnic blanket.
- A map is available from the entry kiosk. This is useful for your first visit as despite being fairly small, there are various different paths and you don’t want to miss any of the hare’s.
- A nature scavenger hunts are also available free from the kiosk to help keep your kids entertained.
- Bikes, scooters and ball games are not allowed.
- Toilets and baby changing facilities are available behind the walled garden. There is also a secondhand book shop with an honesty box.
- There is no cafe. Some days there is a mobile coffee/ice cream van near the walled garden.