Parcevall Hall Gardens

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Parcevall Hall Gardens MYD36063 (c) YDNPA, 2023

Parcevall Hall Gardens MYD36063 (c) YDNPA, 2023

The gardens surrounding Parcevall Hall near Appletreewick cover about 6.5 hectares (16 acres). They are the work of Sir William Milner who bought the estate in 1927. Having remodelled the hall, he set about using the stone and soil produced to create large terraces and walls. It took thirty men three years to finish the construction work.

The large rockery is built on a natural stone outcrop, but further stone was carted down off the moor. The stream running through it was diverted from an old mining level. Sir Thomas had many contacts in the gardening world. He was one of the founder members of the Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens near Harrogate. The gardens at Parcevall Hall contain many trees and shrubs from Tibet and Western China collected by Reginald Farrer of Ingleborough Hall and also by George Forrest, another famous plant collector.

The terraces and borders are laid out in the shape of a cross for Sir Thomas was a deeply religious man. When he died, he left the house and gardens to the Wolsingham Shrine who let it to Bradford Diocese to run as a retreat house.

Source: – website devoted to the gardens with information on facilities and opening times – UK database of historic parks and gardens


Near the hamlet of Skyreholme. Well signed from both the B6160 at Barden and from the B6265 Grassington to Pateley Bridge road. For opening times and charges see

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Appletreewick. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.


Steep paths and steps. Some access for wheelchair users. See website for details