Not a garden in the formal sense, perhaps secret pasture, or secret field might be a more appropriate way of describing it. Whichever description you prefer there’s no denying that it’s hidden away.
There are a couple of laybys near to the entrance with enough parking for several cars; when we were there it was evident that the place was popular with local dog walkers and I can completely understand why. Beyond the wooden gate the path drops down to a narrow gorge where rail tracks once ran out of the site and away under a nearby bridge, the first clues to the industrial history of this now tranquil site. From the 1600s right through until 1930 limestone was quarried on the site and for the past 75 years nature has been left to her own devices. Whether you’re a geologist, birdwatcher, nature lover or industrial historian there’s something here for you.
The path climbs slightly through dense woodland before suddenly emerging into the bright daylight of the broad open quarry. The steep rock faces around the edges of the quarry are now largely covered by vegetation and coupled with the thick woods behind you they give a real feeling of being cut off from the outside world.