What is a ha-ha? And is it funny? A “ha-ha” is a feature in English gardens that keeps the animals out of the garden, but does not look like an obvious wall or fence. It gives you an uninterupted view from the garden to the fields beyond. From one side you see the ha-ha, from the other side you don’t. You find them in gardens all over England but it is easy to miss them if you don’t know what you are looking for. One of the most famous is in Bath, in the grounds in front of the Royal Crescent.
We came across this one early in our trip when we were staying in Windsor and touring some of the Thames Valley towns with our friends Wendy and Richard who live in the area (we met Wendy and Richard on the SlowTrav forums years ago).
That is Richard in the second photo demonstrating the ha-ha. This one is in Greys Court, a National Trust house and garden in Oxfordshire, not far from Henley-on-Thames (between London and the Cotswolds). Visiting a National Trust property is a fun thing to do when visiting England. There are many of them in the Cotswolds and nearby. This property had a Tudor Manor (15th century), gardens inside medieval walls, a wisteria walk (still in bloom in late May when we were there) and a flat brick maze.
If you are looking for a ha-ha in the Cotswolds, there is a good one in Hidcote Manor Garden, another National Trust property.