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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