Mellow moods for Autumn (8) the Levens Estate

Sun in Gemini

When the leaves have all but gone, nature still has one or two colourful surprises left.

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Rivers are beautiful at any time of year. This one, the Rivet Kent, flows through Levens Park on its final mile to the sea, joining three other rivers in its outfall into the north end of Morecambe Bay

The land here is part of Levens Park, the ancestral home of the Bagot family, whose grand house – Levens Hall – was passed to them via a tortuous route going back to Norman times, including once changing hands in a card game.

(Above: Levens Hall with its surviving Tudor garden)

Levens Hall boast one of the few surviving Tudor gardens, but the park itself forms a beautiful landscape as it follows the long curve of the river.

At their finest in the autumn and the spring, the ancient trees are…

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