Camping near the lovely village of Cotherstone we walked along the beautiful river Tees to Eggleston Hall. This is a fantastic walk through peaceful countryside that took us above the trees and gave us panoramic views over Teesdale. At Eggleston Hall we visited the walled gardens, under separate ownership to the hall where there is a nursery and a walk around the walled gardens to the charming ruined chapel. We left our fee in the honesty box and followed the numbered stones around the garden at a leisurely pace. This is a garden for plant lovers, there are so many to enjoy here you could visit in every season and have a different experience.
In the productive fruit and vegetable garden with fruit trees around the walls and rows of vegetables I found this memorial bench with two separate plaques, one to Bert West and one to Rene West. This bench is in a great position to sit and relax and enjoy watching people strolling around the garden. I can only assume Bert and Rene were a couple, Rene surviving Bert by more than five years and re-united on this bench.
You can buy many of the plants you see growing in the garden and there is also a cafe at Eggleston Hall Gardens that serves good food so there’s no excuse not to spend an hour or more at this lovely spot.