The gardens have been planted to provide an array of colours against the hues of green that form the natural backdrop. From the first tulips of spring to the carpet of bluebells that follows right through to the azaleas, acers, alliums, camellias and rhododendrons, and the rich hues of autumn, the riot of colour and beauty is spellbinding.
Practicality plays a big part in the garden's landscape, particularly in the specially designed kitchen garden. The seasonal produce is destined for our kitchen and a planting scheme supports our chef's menu planning throughout the year. The scent of the herbs as you meander cannot fail to provide a nod to the exceptional fine dining experience you enjoy here.
Throughout the year, both our Executive Chef Michael Wignall and Estate Manager Andrew Brimblecombe run various gardening tours and foraging events.
It's no coincidence that at Gidleigh Park we offer a boot room for guest use, wellingtons and stout walking boots are almost compulsory attire for many of our guests.
Dartmoor is a walker's paradise, offering a huge variety of trails that cater for all abilities, and discovering this magical landscape on foot affords the opportunity to observe the wildlife and natural vegetation that are at home here.
Postbridge and Bellever are both circular walks taking in a varied mix of scenery, riverside trails, moorland, woodland, waterfalls and historical remains.
Chagford, our local village, is a great starting point for walkers and one of the most worthwhile walks is the four and a half miles that take you to the top of Nattadon Hill, a steep climb, but when you reach the summit, the view beyond you is well worth the exertion.
On the estate itself, there are several routes which we can provide self-guiding maps, or by prior appointment, we can organise for a local guide. Wherever your trails take you, we are happy to equip you with sustenance - speak with our Reception team who can organise a picnic rucksack when requested in advance.
A guide to our favourite walks from Gidleigh Park, setting off from the hotel, experience the real Dartmoor and its spectacular views. If you need to borrow some walking boots, please contact Reception who will be happy to help.
Gidleigh Park hosts a range of events to celebrate our beautiful gardens and produce throughout the year. Our events are hosted by a variety of garden experts, including our own Estate Manager, Andrew Brimblecombe.