The Garden Guide

Dunge Valley Rhododendron Gardens

A post-1982 garden made around an old stone farmhouse in the Peak District. The garden lies in a beautiful small valley. It is a lush woodland garden with moisture-loving plants and good views: a fine example of a woodland valley garden (as inspired by John Claudius Loudon's Gardenesque Style). The planting is strong in Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Acers, Mecanopsis and Primulas. Who would expect to find a Himalayan Valley in Cheshire?

Head Gardener's Comment

Listen to the sound of Skylark and Curlew overhead and the scent of bluebells filling the air in a beautiful wooded valley in the rolling Pennine Hills. This is the setting for Dunge Valley Rhododendron Gardens a real haven in the countryside. Spectacular views across the valley with a kaliderscope of colour gives visitors a wonderful day out.

Photograph © Dunge Valley
Photograph © Dunge Valley
Photograph Courtesy Dunge Valley © David Ketley.


Started in 1983 by its present owners the gardens have matured into one of the most spectacular in the Peak District.

Plants of note

A classic Rhododendron, Magnolia and Azalea Garden with a huge variety of plants brought in from America, Germany and David’s Treks to the Himalayas. Rhododendrons include the eye catching Rh. 'Midnight Mystique', Rh. 'Orange Flirt', Rh. 'Lemon Dream', and old favourites like the wonderfully scented Rh. 'Loderi King George'.

Dunge Valley Rhododendron Gardens, Windgather Rocks, Kettleshulme, High Peak, Cheshire, England, SK23 7RF

May. Open 10.30am - 5pm. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays. (please note there are no signs on the road)

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