CLICK ON THE THUMBNAILS TO ENLARGE The cattle that usually graze on the slopes of Merrydale end up in a Slaithwaite burger bar! “Slawit” is the nearest village. An ancient packhorse route (Tyas Lane) between Halifax and Manchester bounds the shared garden. This is the lane that leads from it to Tyas Cottage, seen at its end. After crossing the ancient bridge the path becomes very steep as it passes through woodland to “The Rose and Crown” (over the brow of the hill). The weather vane on Tyas Cottage was made by the well known sculptor, Brian Fell. (check out his website if you are keen on sculpture!). The private garden is shown in the “Inside” webpage. This is the entrance to the shared garden. Tyas Cottage can only just be seen between the yew pillars in the shared garden. There are plenty of private, separate areas within the shared garden. Beneath the arbour a spring flows through a stone trough. The species rose “Paul’s Himalayan Musk” is nourished by the septic tank outflow. The owner, as a Landscape Architect, has been able to indulge her passion for grasses. Many sculptural vessels and other elements ensure that there is year-round interest in the garden. Rhododendrons enjoy our acidic soil and once their flowering season has ended, provide a support for clematis and roses. This stone sculpture creates a full stop at the end of the garden, but there is yet another private area around the corner. The millpond for the first water powered mill in the Colne Valley, was built towards the end of the 1600s. It is full of bird life. Alas, the heron must have taken most of the chicks this year! There is a wonderful swing (barely visible) near to the picnic table that is for the use of guests. This is a view of Merrydale Stream and waterfall from the packhorse bridge and here is a distant view from the shared garden of the packhorse bridge.