Snowdrops flower during the beginning of the year, between the months of January and March. These flowers create a white blanket across gardens throughout the UK. This type of flower is connected to the season on winter, due to its Latin name Galanthus nivalis, which translates as 'milk flower of snow.'
This week, I visited Hopton Hall located near Wirksworth, to photograph the white blankets of snowdrops that have taken over the gardens of Hopton Hall.
To visit and explore this walk, adults are charged £5 and children up to the age of 16 are £2, while parking is free. The walk is very well sign posted with arrows that show you the way through the shaded woodland area. Depending on whether you are there just to admire the snowdrops or photograph them, the walk takes 30 minutes to an hour; this also depends on if you take a tea break in the middle of the walk at Hopton Hall tearoom.
The start of the walk is just in front of the car park and leads you into a small wooded area. This wooded area had several blankets of snowdrops that varied in size and shape. Within this section of Hopton Hall's garden, there were a variety of different trees, which were large in stature; this contrasted strongly again the small snowdrops. As the walk continued past the hall, you are led into the walled garden, which had a variety of sculptures and plants. At the end of the walk, you can pick up a pot or pots of snowdrops to take home with you and create your own white blanket in your garden.
The walk is marked with wood chipping, which means I would recommended whatever shoes you are comfortable walking in. Compared to my previous locations shown in previous blog posts, this walk is simple and easy. I would also recommend visiting this walk on a sunny day as the snowdrops will stand out more in the landscape and everything is nicer on a sunny day!
I would highly recommend this snowdrop walk to family, photographers and day trippers. Unfortunately, Hopton Hall does not allow dogs other than guide dogs.
The images below are some of the photographs I created on my visit to the Snowdrop Walk at Hopton Hall.
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