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Thorp Perrow Arboretum – Guided Tour

Having experienced the spendour of the Arboretum in the Spring, a revisit was requested by attendees to view the various species in Autumn.

Friday 20th October 2022

PRICES £95 per person

About Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Thorp is a common place name of an Old Norse origin meaning hamlet or small village. Perrow derives from the Lords of the Manor who were the earliest known tenants here in 1286.

There is no surviving record of a village at Thorp Perrow. In the 16th century it was parkland over which Henry V111 hunted and courted Catherine Parr, his sixth wife, who resided at nearby Snape Castle. Thorp Perrow is especially proud of its “Catherine Parr Tree” which has been proven to date back to 1535. This tree is located in the Summer Meadow and there are seats under it so as to reflect on the magnificence and longevity of our earthly companions!

The current use as an Arboretum was originally created by Sir Leonard Ropner (1895-1977) in 1931. Today it is considered to be one of the finest arboreta in the United Kingdom, and rated as one of the top ten by The Times. It has 48 champion trees in its collection of 1750 trees.


Pick-up Points

Barnoldswick -

Skipton -

Ilkley -

Harrogate -

Times and exact locations to be confirmed


Arrival 12 noon

A guided walk through the Arboretum with Faith, our personal group guide.
Mobility scooters are available to hire at £4.00 per scooter and we have two. We also have a wheelchair friendly map and Faith would be happy to guide you on distances, suitable paths on the day.

12.30 pm - Private Lunch

A selection of : 
Homemade quiche & salad
Freshly made scones and jam
Finger sandwiches 
Soup and a roll
Freshly baked cake and flapjack 

1.30 pm - a talk and a slide show by Faith. This will be based on nature and wellbeing and the history of the Grounds and Estate.

2.30 pm – a walk back through the Arboretum, looking at areas of interest. Our points of interest are the blossom, the Hydrangea Walk and the Summer Meadow. There is also a Birds of Prey Centre and the famous Catherine Parr Tree.

4.30 pm depart

5:30 pm – arrive Harrogate

6:00 pm – arrive Ilkley

6:30 pm – arrive Skipton

7:00 pm – arrive Barnoldswick

PRICE £95 per person

We will be looked after by Faith, the arboretum’s expert on well being and nature and she will give us a talk after lunch on the history of Thorp Perrow and its relevance to nature and well-being today. She is an expert on the species of trees within the grounds and she may demonstrate how to hug a tree and what you will get out of it! Afterwards there is time to view the birds of prey and all the surrounding gardens. There is good wheelchair access around the site.

Please see our itinerary of the day with dates. And book your place for a memorable naturalistic day!

Thorp Perrow House and Lake

Thorp Perrow Stream

Thorp Perrow avenue of trees

Thorp Perrow Monument

Thorp Perrow Woodland

Thorp Perrow Accessible Woodland

Thorp Perrow Hydrangea

Catherine Parr Tree

The “Catherine Parr Tree” at Thorpe Perrow dating back to 1535

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