I've not been to an arboretum before and in case you're wondering it's all about the trees. Well, and the lovely walled garden they have at Marks Hall but more on that later. We popped over to Essex - a beautiful and often maligned county - on the last Bank Holiday Monday. Life's been a bit hectic since then with birthdays (mine), wedding anniversaries (our 7th) and a holiday to Portugal so that's why I'm only just sharing this with you now.
Anyway, it wasn't the nicest of days and as luck would have it, it started to rain just as we paid to go in. Entrance fees were only a fiver, which seems pretty reasonable to me given the space you have available to roam around.
Thankfully the Bank Holiday rain wasn't up to much so we soon set off across the bridge and up towards the Lower Lake and walled garden.