Where to see snowdrops in Hertfordshire
PUBLISHED: 12:14 05 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:14 05 January 2018
During January and February, elusive little white signs of spring pop up around the county in the form of snowdrops. We have gathered some of the best places to go for a snowdrop walk in Hertfordshire
1. Benington Lordship, Benington nr Stevenage
The village of Benington is home to the historical Benington Lordship House and Gardens, comprised of a red brick Georgian manor house, the ruins of a motte and bailey castle, and an early 19th century folly.
Carpeted with snowdrops during the early months of the year, the gardens at Benington Lordship provide the perfect backdrop while exploring the grounds of this history-soaked estate.
Open from 7th February to 4th March, 12pm to 4pm
2. Old Church Cottage, Long Marston
Nestled at the end of a country lane in the village of Long Marston is Old Church Cottage, the 400 year old thatch-roofed cottage, Grade II* listed Norman church tower and disused graveyard.
The cottage gardens see a plethora of wildlife throughout the year, including swathes of snowdrops during February.
The cottage will open on the weekend of 24th and 25th of February from 11.30am to 3pm. Admission will be £5 and includes mulled wine and shortbread for refreshments
3. Walkern Hall, Stevenage
The Walkern Hall estate in Stevenage is a popular wedding and events destination because of the stunning parkland surroundings and striking Georgian house itself.
On one weekend in February, the hall will open its gardens up for the National Garden Scheme’s Snowdrop Festival.
Walkern Hall will be open on the weekend of 10th and 11th February from 12pm to 4pm. Admission costs £5 and light refreshments are provided in the form of homemade soup
4. 1 Elia Cottage, Ware
The small garden at 1 Elia Cottage in Ware is bursting with flora throughout the year. The garden is comprised of a stream and pond with a mini bridge and winding paths with seats to pause for a moment of peaceful reflection while exploring.
Two days in February will provide visitors the chance to explore the early spring snowdrops that will pepper the third of an acre garden.
1 Elia Cottage will be open on Friday 16th and Sunday 18th February from 12pm to 4pm. Admission is £3.50 and includes light refreshments. Visitors are welcome by arrangement, please call 01279 843324 to arrange a visit
5. Waterend House, Wheathampstead
In the countryside outside St Albans is the Jacobean manor house, Waterend. Drink in the Hertfordshire scenery as you peruse the four-acre gardens of this fine estate.
For one day in February, visitors can tour the hilly grounds which include a formal flint-walled garden, a wide variety of trees and a vegetable garden – and of course, snowdrops!
Waterend House is closed to the public but the gardens will be open on Saturday 24th February from 12pm to 4pm. Admission is £5 and there will be soup and bread and tea available for refreshments