After breakfast today we visit the gardens of Arley Hall, near Northwich. A pair of herbaceous borders was laid out here in 1846 and they survive to this day, beautifully maintained - one of the great garden sights of England. There are also old walled gardens with good mixed borders and a simple terraced walk above a ha-ha. Still in private hands, Arley Hall preserves the atmosphere of a garden kept for its own delight.
In the afternoon we visit Mount Pleasant, 4ha (10 acres) of landscaped garden and woodland with impressive views over the Cheshire countryside. Steeply terraced in places, this is a traditional mixed garden featuring specimen trees, rhododendrons, azaleas, conifers, and mixed and herbaceous borders. There are also four ponds and a bog garden, along with a vegetable garden, a stumpery with tree ferns, sculptures, wild flower meadow and Japanese garden.
Dinner is served in the evening.