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200 years ago, Plump­ton Rocks in York­shire was one of the most fa­mous 18th cen­tury land­scape gar­dens in the land, at the cut­ting edge of the pic­turesque move­ment. More re­cently it had be­come rather for­got­ten. Its nat­u­ral ad­van­tages, dra­matic out­crops of mill­stone grit and abun­dant an­cient wood­land, made it an ideal set­ting 300 years ago for those in search of the sub­lime and it was the sub­ject of JMW Turner's first com­mis­sioned paint­ing in oils. The gar­den has now been re­stored, in­clud­ing a mag­nif­i­cent dam de­signed by John Carr of York. Vis­i­tors once again en­joy the long vis­tas through the land­scape, the seat­ing al­coves de­signed for Chip­pen­dale benches, the mag­nif­i­cent crags and the re­flec­tions in the lake. The re­stored gar­den is once again a place for ad­ven­tures, many in­spired by its role as Wild Cat Is­land in the re­cent BBC film of Swal­lows and Ama­zons. Not only is it a bit of a dis­cov­ery for vis­i­tors to­day, but the at­mos­phere of the place makes it a true hid­den gem.

Pic­tured Left: BBC film of Swal­lows and Ama­zons filmed at Plump­ton Rocks

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