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Barbara Barlow's Cottage Garden - Now known as The Ridges Gardens


The Ridges, Weavers Brow, Cont. of Cowling Road, Limbrick, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 9EB

Tel: 01257 279981

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Barbara Barlow's Cottage Garden - Now known as The Ridges Gardens

The story of Barbara’s garden starts in the 1970s when she used to help her mother with their garden centre in the back garden. The more she learned about plants the more her interest grew. By the time her children had grown and flown she was hooked.

Realising the potential of the garden, she began restoring and developing. Original apple trees lining the paths were pruned, but otherwise you wouldn’t recognise the back garden now. Dense cottage planting demonstrates Barbara’s eye for combination of colour, form, and foliage. Through an arch, a large formal gated lawn is fringed with bright foliage specimen trees cleverly positioned to shine against a dark copper beech, holly and rhododendrons.

This shelter protects such tender plants as windmill palm and Magnolia Grandiflora, and provides a lovely setting for a Victorian-style glasshouse used for entertaining.

In a natural style stream garden, damp-loving plants such as gunnera and rogersia grow down towards a pool, and a Paul’s Himalayan Musk rose runs rampant over trellis and trees. Recently an old buttressed wall has been uncovered to create a new, naturally planted quiet area, with scented plants and herbs to attract butterflies and bees. Barbara’s horticultural achievement is to be admired and enjoyed.

Bank Holiday Sundays & Mondays (excluding Easter): 11.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesdays & Thursdays through June & July: 11.00am - 5.00pm
When the spectacular fragrant rambling roses will be in full bloom.
Wednesday & Thursdays through August 11.00am - 5.00pm

Private group visits by appointment



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Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Admission£5.00 per ticket

Under 12's - FREE

Payment in cash only (no card machine)

Opening Times

Open for private visits in addition to the dates/times below for groups of 10 or more - please call to book (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
May (2 May 2022 - 3 May 2022)
Spring Bank Holiday (30 May 2022 - 31 May 2022)
June, July and August (9 June 2022 - 26 Aug 2022)
Wednesday - Thursday11:00 - 17:00
Summer Bank Holiday (29 Aug 2022 - 30 Aug 2022)


Friday, 1st January 2021 - Friday, 31st December 2021

Monday, 2nd May 2022 - Tuesday, 3rd May 2022

Monday, 30th May 2022 - Tuesday, 31st May 2022

Thursday, 9th June 2022 - Friday, 26th August 2022

Monday, 29th August 2022 - Tuesday, 30th August 2022

The Ridges Garden Open DaysThe Ridges, a 3.5 acre, sheltered, quintessentially English country garden, is located at the edge of the West Pennine Moors, close to Rivington and Anglezark reservoirs, known locally as the 'Lancashire Lake District'. The garden is comprised of large formal lawns, a walled orchard garden and…
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  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018


Road Directions

2 miles south east of Chorley. Jct 27 M6 or jct 8 M61 approaching Chorley on A6, follow signs for town centre, then signs for Cowling & Rivington. From A6 south turn right at 1st roundabout, right at Morrisons Supermarket. Up Brooke Street, take Cowling Brow, approx 0.25m garden on right-hand side.


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