Thorp Perrow

Here in England we’re just coming to the end of what I think has been the nicest autumn for a long time, crisp sunny days, lovely autumn colour and paths deep with dry leaves to crunch through, never mind that lovely earthy smell of a wood in autumn.

My friend and I decided to take a walk round Thorp Perrow to see what’s left of the autumn colour. Ideally we should have been there a couple of weeks ago but you have to take an opportunity when you can. The acers had almost finished, as had the maples, but there was still a few with their brilliant foliage.

Thorpe Perrow

Thorp Perrow is an arboretum just outside Bedale, it’s about an hours drive from here through very pretty countryside. My mum and I used to pop in fairly regularly as she had a cottage up in Wensleydale so on a nice day we would detour to Thorp Perrow for a half hour stroll on our way home. In those days there was just an honesty box, now there is a cafe, plant shop and an entry fee of £8.70, so the days of popping in for a short stroll are long gone, but it’s well worth a special visit. In the spring there’s the daffodils, then the bluebells, cherry blossom, magnolias…there’s always something to see!

The arboretum was started in the 1930’s by Sir Leonard Roper but many trees date back to much earlier. There is one magnificent oak tree which was reputedly planted by Catherine Parr, one of Henry VIII’s many wives. It looked stunning today, reflecting it’s golden foliage in the water in front of it.

Catherine Parr Oak

Catherine Parr Oak

Thorpe PerrowThere was also a viburnum bodnantese in flower, it’s scent spread quite away through the wood.

It was a sunny but cold day, my friend wore a hat I made her last night, I made it from camel and navy fleece, one inside and one outside, so as well as being super cosy, it’s also reversible! I’m really pleased with it, I think I’m going to make myself one as well. It’s a pattern by Emma Garry who is a local designer, based just up the road in Ilkley. I made a few up in cotton and linen in the summer which went together really well. When I met Emma in her shop she mentioned it’s nice made up in tweeds too, so I think I’ll be making a few winter hats too!

Thorpe Perrow

I love looking at trees, their foliage, bark, just their shapes fascinate me. We did comment on the way round that it takes a special person to plant an arboretum, to have that vision of the future, working so hard on something you will never see come to fruition so future generations can enjoy it. It reminded me of a quote by Thomas Fuller I wrote in my Winnie the Pooh book years ago;

He who plants a tree loves others beside himself

Thorpe Perrow




About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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7 Responses to Thorp Perrow

  1. Kate says:

    Beautiful photos!

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  2. claire93 says:

    thanks for letting us share your walk

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  3. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Lovely colours, thank you so much!
    The hat looks scrummy. Will check it out. xx

    Liked by 1 person

  4. catskillquilter says:

    Thank you for taking the time to share your trip with us, and share such wonderful photos too! You are way ‘on the other side of the pond’ and I do appreciate a glimpse into life there. Lovely, apt quote as well!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Lizzie says:

    What a delightful time you had! I loved seeing the pictures and reading about your exploits!

    Liked by 1 person

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