Monument and Labyrinth
You can walk across the fields at Tapeley Park to take advantage of the stunning panoramic views across to Lundy Island (on a clear day) and round the estuary from Instow to Saunton Sands and beyond. You will then find yourself at the Monument and Labyrinth.
The latter built of fragments from the granite obelisk on the monument obliterated by a thunderbolt in 1931, the largest lumps found 275 metres away in woods below. Here you will find peace and tranquillity and time for contemplation.
These great highland cattle at Tapeley Park with their long horns and shaggy coats are a photographer's delight. They are a constant attraction to the public, particularly when they have young calves. The bull is called Larry the Lag, as he originated from Dartmoor Prison.
The Lake at Tapeley park
A path through the Tapeley Park wood with mainly huge oaks and beech meanders down to the lake. In season one can see the most beautiful Camellias, Primula (primrose), Rhododendrons and many wild flowers.
The wood contains some of the oldest Thuja Plicata trees in the country. If one sits quietly by the lake you may be lucky to see the Kingfisher with his brilliant plumage, even a fox taking a stroll and large dragonflies milling around the water lilies in late summer.
There are often ducks with their young on the lake. This for many is the most magical part of the gardens.The lake has had a tremendous amount of work done this winter involving a digger, tractor and many man hours. The water is now running freely and is a delight to see. We hope that you will come and take a look for yourselves.