The Forbidden Corner is a mystical and eccentric family garden in Middleham, Yorkshire. It is a
labyrinth of tunnels, mazes, chambers and paths that makes you wonder if you've accidentally fallen down a rabbit hole. It's fun whether you're with family or friends. Absolutely whimsical and actually perfect if you want to go down the fantasy writing route. So I snapped some picks of the gardens for this week's inspirational setting post.
Even though it's a family outing place there are a few areas that are quite creepy. The dark tunnels where you'd expect something to jump out at you and the mausoleum which have a few active ghosts lurking around. Demonic looking dogs stand guard with their teeth gnashing while one statue looks like it may just follow your every step. There's a darkness to this eccentric Northern world that likes to remind you what lurks beneath something that appears fully fantastical.
The characters that roam this garden stand watching, pointing you in the right direction and towering over you. Even though some of these characters are ghosts there's a gentle giant who is only focused on his work and a tree man who is there to show you the way. If you're lucky you may even get a peek at the bears' poker game.
Don't be fooled by the garden's beauty because there is a mischievous side to The Forbidden Corner. If you're not careful and you don't watch your step there's a cheeky force that gets you soaking wet. They are hidden, you see, and are always waiting for that one unaware person to spray water at. Charming. Some areas are easily avoidable. If you're fast you'll miss them. But that just means they'll be more determined to find a way and you'll realise in time that the naughty forest will win.