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An organic garden with
a long circular walk in North West Devon

Bocombe Mill Cottage, Bocombe,
Near Clovelly, Devon
EX39 5PH

01237 451293

Chris Butler & David Burrows

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Circular walk

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The walk around Bocombe Mill Cottage grounds was completed in 2004 with the installation of the Hunter Gate leading from the Orchard into the top of our Goat Hillside.

We've planned and constructed this circular walk over a period of seven years. The new walk takes in the vast majority of features, both natural and man-made, in a distance of just under one mile. The following list of the perambulation misses out the wonderful detail, spectacular views, and hundreds of plant species to be enjoyed on the way!

From the front gate, visitors make their route through the:

  • Entrance via the Architectural Steps and new white planted Pergola & Courtyard
  • Stumpery with ferns, acers and camellias
  • Kitchen Garden and Scree Slope beds, with shelter belt beyond.
  • Pieriss Bed
  • Damson Walk with shade loving plants
  • Yellow and Blue Garden
  • New Terrace with small alpine gardens
  • Red Garden with bantams
  • New shorter walk via the new Eucalyptus steps
  • Statue Garden
  • Barrel Garden
  • Japanese Garden, (newly planted, construction works started) returning to the Kitchen Garden via the Meadow Border
  • Longer walk continues down the slope to the Metasequoia glyptostroboides Grove
  • Extended Shrubbery (hiding a host of compost & leaf mould bins)
  • New, sunny Bog Garden
  • Hemerocallis Bed
  • Upper Water
  • Ivy plain (planting started)
  • Meadow Border
  • Bog Garden, shaded, alongside Willow Brook
  • Bocombe Chase with new Urn eye catcher
  • Lower Water
  • Wild Flower Meadow with a host of specimen trees / tumbling stream
  • Ancient Footpath
  • Hermitage Walk
  • Hermitage and Grotto - meet the hermit
  • Beech Wood
  • Orchard
  • Goat Hillside
  • Soft Fruit Garden, Asparagus bed and Greenhouse
  • Hydrangea Slope

There's a plan and tree guide for our circular walk available to visitors at Bocombe Mill Cottage Garden.

Dipping well
Dipping well
Indian runner ducks
Indian runner ducks
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Visitors should note that the ground on the circular walk after the Red Garden may be soggy and wellies or boots are suggested. The walk from the Ancient Footpath / Hermitage Walk onwards is usually much drier, but becomes quite steep in places. Our goats may well be met on Goat Hillside, and the hillside is surrounded by an electric fence. Paths and steps may be slippery and uneven; visitors should take care. There are two large areas of water and numerous streams, all are unfenced and children should be supervised closely. Please close all gates!

If you think your ability will not allow you to follow the suggested route enjoy the majority of the garden which is flat.

Location Opening times The gardens Circular walk
Photo diary Garden history Local places of interest Blog flower Press