Pass through the wrought iron gates and proceed down the path. This area was formerly the original carriageway used by the Pellatts to approach the front of the castle from Davenport Road.

This south-facing slope provides a micro climate which favours the culture of rhododendrons, azaleas and other marginally hardy species.

In mid April, early rhododendrons and daffodils start the bloom cycle. Mid May to the end of June brings forth all the glory of azaleas, flowering dogwood, and garland spirea. The blooming period is extended throughout the summer with mass plantings of astilbe and day lilies. Note the interesting use of foliage plants such as hosta, sedums, and ferns bordering the path edges.