Despite the threatened rain I was determined to get out and do a little adventuring last weekend - okay, it wasn't a huge adventure; just a couple of hours exploring Biddulph Grange Gardens.
It's an amazing place, and after the formal aspect of the garden entrance, the designers went wild!
Labyrinthine paths clamber up rocky slopes and over bridges, and tunnels lead to secret quiet spots. There's a map provided, but try not to use it - it's much more fun to explore randomly.
The garden has numerous follies - a Chinese temple and tea house, a Cheshire cottage, even an Egyptian tomb - so although we didn't manage to avoid the rain completely there was somewhere to wait out the showers.
For children and teens, especially if they're inclined to dismiss visiting gardens as boring, it's excellent - and if they aren't impressed by a Chinese temple or Egyptian tomb, there's a woodland obstacle course to try (and cake back at the cafe)