Welcome to Deer Rudding, a private garden situated within the northern fells of the Lake District National Park.

The garden extends to 8 acres. It has been developed over 26 years in two phases: the first was from 1992 to 2005; the second from 2006 to the present time. There are mature trees that date back to when Deer Rudding was a farm. Then from 1992 a large number were planted on the western and northern boundaries and these provide shelter. From 2006 more trees were added, mainly within the outer areas of the garden.

A ruined farmhouse, outbuildings and cobbled yard are incorporated into the garden. Descending from the ruins and cobbled yard you arrive at the rockery which was designed to take advantage of sloping ground and a sunny aspect. In the lower garden there is extensive dry stone which was designed and built by Steve Allen, a Cumbrian champion stone waller. The walls provide homes for small mammals and insects. The walls also help the garden sit in its landscape. In the lower garden near the house there are mixed borders of shrubs, bulbs and perennials, the planting is informal. A green lane runs along the southern boundary and leads to the river Caldew. Adjacent to the river is an area of meadow grass with mown paths to enable movement through it. The outer areas support wildlife: areas of meadow grass provide cover for small mammals; wood heaps encourage insects. Learn more.

News & Events

The garden has opened under the National Garden Scheme (NGS) since 2018. You can find out more about the 2020 schedule, or visiting the garden by appointment, at our visitor information page.


View more images of the garden in our photo gallery.


Deer Rudding is developed and maintained by a small team; the blog contains updates from Lynne, the lead gardener and designer.