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The Lathkill Meadow Tour

The Lathkill Meadow Tour

An ancient wild flower meadow that time forgot – explore it on one day only

The Lathkill Meadow Tour
June 10th 2016
Tickets £30 per person inc refreshments

Haddon Hall is offering the special opportunity to experience an English riverside meadow with the most remarkable history.

The meadow, which forms part of the ancient Haddon Estate and sits alongside the crystal clear River Lathkill in Derbyshire, has for centuries been left to exist in its purely natural state. In recent times being granted the most strict exemption, no inputs – not even manure – has touched this meadow; with a crop of hay being taken in July followed by light winter grazing by sheep to reduce the sward.


On Friday June 10th, for one day only, visitors can walk through the gate to explore this wonderful and native wild meadow, with flower, plant and wildlife species in abundance, and take a step back in time exploring a unique piece of land untouched for centuries.

Haddon Hall has asked wildlife and flower expert Kieron Huston of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to help guide you through the species if you wish; or if you prefer you may just wander, sit, listen, watch and enjoy this very special and private part of the countryside.

Kieron says: “meadows like this are an increasingly rare sight and this is a wonderful opportunity to explore the many wild flowers and animals that can be found here.”

Smoke rising from His Lordships’ riverside fishing hut will signal the stove has been lit for your tea and refreshment, to be taken whenever you feel like it.

The Lathkill meadow tour starts at 10:30am at Haddon Hall’s carpark. A shuttle bus will ferry the party to the meadow and back to Haddon Hall.

Tickets are £30 per person, inclusive of refreshments, and must be purchased in advance online or by calling 01629 812855.

Following your exploration, The Peacock is on hand (just a stones throw from Haddon Hall) for lunch, dinner or a bed for the night to extent your Derbyshire visit into the weekend.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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