It was weekend, I had a lay in and was reading the travel diary of a friend who travelled to New Zealand and had put some pictures of amazing waterfalls up when I said to my partner “I’d really love to see some waterfalls one day”. He must have listened to me because he surprised me with a walk in Holly Hill Park and yes, we have waterfalls so close to home! Ok, don’t get too exited, they are small and built but it was a surprise and it’s the thought that counted. Holly Hill Park became one of my favourite destinations for “Shall we go for a shorter walk today?”.
The park is described as “A Victorian woodland garden with lakes and waterfalls, a sunken garden and exotic plants” and was mainly built and developed between 1870 and 1900. It is now owned by Fareham Borough County.
It has a good size car park and well maintained walking routes of which some are also accessible with a pram or wheelchair. The park also has a horse riding route but I haven’t tried it yet. All kind of visitors are attracted by the park and you see older and younger people, families with kids and dog walkers there.
I love it because it’s different and it is nice in every season whether it is the first spring flowers after winter, green woodlands or colourful leaves in autumn. Usually, I like the more natural parks or real nature but whoever built this park had the skills to make it look natural. The park offers many different paths which also can be extended to the Hamble Foreshore or the Wendlehome Nature Reserve. The Hamble Foreshore offers a nice view over the river.
The park has several signposted walks and attractions for which a leaflet is available online. (Map and information from Fareham Borough Council).
At several places in the forrest, there is amazing wood art. I have no idea who the artist is but it is amazing what they do with tree stumps! I’ve seen some more art work of presumably the same person in different parks and nature reserves here in the area. Great work!
The Grotto – not natural but made to look natural! You can walk past it but unfortunately not get very close.
Don’t know what to do? It’s definitely worth visiting for a shorter or longer walk and during summer there is an ice cream van 🙂