Walk with me.

Hardwick Park: A Sleeping Beauty

 Hardwick Park and Garden is a splendid example of a mid 18th century planned landscape close to the village of Sedgefield in the south-east of County Durham. The Garden was created by John Burdon, the son of a Newcastle merchant and business man in his own right with interests in saltpans on the Tyne and coal mines in East Durham. Around 1750 he began to lay out some 40 acres of fashionable gardens composed of temples, follies and grottoes all set around the central feature of a 17 acre lake. Burdon employed some of the finest architects of his day and the principal buildings and park layout are attributed to the London architect James Paine.

Some months ago I discovered this little gem of a place  and  promised myself to return  in the summer to this delightful little haven.
Below are some pics I snapped as I walked around this special place, hidden along the side of the A177. It truly is  a place where one can escape the pressures of the day , and  for a hour or so wander along the winding pathways. Each bend in the path reveals another delightful vista.
 
 
 
 
 

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Neptune slaying a monster fish.

Reminds me a little of George and the Dragon.

 

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"Ouch" my feet hurt walking on this gravel stuff, back to the water me thinks.

 

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Are these kids ever going to leave nest.

 

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A wonderful piece of stone work.  To me It is a work of art .

 

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Another pic of the stone bridge from across the lake.

 

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A family of Swans swim by, I guess Mr Hardwick had one for Sunday dinner now and again.

 

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Dotted around the lake are reminders of what life was like for the residents of the estate.

Interesting I thought.

 

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I wonder what she dose the rest of the week  !

 

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I wonder if she ever skinny dipped.

Well it would give the servants something to talk about downstairs.

 

 

 

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The Master Must  be obeyed.

 

 

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I can hear them now with heads together.

 

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Maintaining the gardeners indeed.  Hummmm.

 

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Mmmm… He is not the only one.  lol.

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Foxgloves standing proud against the darkness of the deep mysterious fir wood.

 

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Just love these silver Birch.

 

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View of the Temple from the trees.

 

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The Aqueduct.

 

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Talking about Ducks.

"OK"  Who done that. !!!

 

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Mushrooms growing on a heap of bark chippings.  I like the colours.

 

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And finally a sit down on the throne, let me tell you I needed the rest.

My feet don’t reach the ground, I am shrinking it seems.

 

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Well folks I trust you enjoyed your walk around this magical little place  I certainly have.

Take care and remember.

"All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking"

Whooooooooooooooosh…. I am gone.

13 responses to “Walk with me.

  1. beautiful place…. and nice hair cut, i was wrong! :-)

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  2. beautiful place… ♥~♥ :oD because you shared a smile…someones day got brighter… :oD ♥~♥

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  3. You sitting in that huge chair reminded me of Lily Tomlin and Edith Ann…
    wonderful pictures…enjoyed the walk…

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  4. Well, told you i would be back  :O)
    I had a good giggle at all your comments Kenny, they certainly made me smile.
    I could spend hours just wandering around there all day. LOVED the picture of
    you sitting on the Throne  :O) You have yourself a brilliant day, say hi to Cherno
    from me, Xena wont be happy knowing i sneaked in without telling her…lolol
    love diane xx
     

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  5. You sir are too cute with your comments today :-)
     
    That was a wonderful tour – and I just did a comparison of St. George and the Dragon for my art class!
     
    Peace

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  6. What a lovely park and gardens! Great photo’s to, by the way. Glad your getting out and enjoying nature and your right, when I walk things somehow become clearer to me. For me this is meditation!!!
    Happiness Always,
    Donna

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  7. Delightful and lovely spot, Kenny.  You are very good to take us through it with you!The little swan babes looked rather small for this time of year…….but perhaps if they do not migrate that does not matter too much.  And that duck egg left un-sat-upon ………….oh well.  LOVE the shot of you on that huge throne–I can easily imagine you as a petulant child!

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  8. What a beautiful place for a wander Kenny.
    Just popping over before i head out, i spent too long looking at the pictures i now have to go….lolol    I’ll be cask later on for more, see ya then and have a lovely day  :O)
     
    Diane xx

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  9. Good Afternoon, I’ve visited your space before and now I leave a comment. Your photo’s are superbly presented. I have enjoyed viewing them and the commentary. All the best to you and mans best friend. " Cherno"

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  10. PS I see the hair (or lack of it) it suits you makes you look younger ( about errrrr  well very young!!)
     
    Sx

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  11. A wonderful walk around Hardwick Park, super photos My fave is the Aquaduct and the King on his throne of course!  I love all your comments under the photos lets walk again soon
     
    Love Suki x

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  12. wow  thank you kenny I really enjoyed my walk with you.  that stone bridge is awesome, I love it. but well done on all the pictures and comments.  have a good weekend, nita.

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  13. Brilliant. I really enjoyed those Kenny … xx luv, Kate

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