The Aqueduct

The Aqueduct at Chatsworth

Chatsworth gardens are famous for their stunning water features, most notably the Emperor Fountain and the Cascade.  One of the lesser known features however is The Aqueduct, where water cascades 80 feet from the end of a ‘broken’ aqueduct.  As it is located just outside of the walled gardens, you can visit it free of charge by walking up the track into the woodland behind Chatsworth House.

The Aqueduct dates from 1839 at the time when Joseph Paxton designed the pools and fountains at Chatsworth for the 6th Duke of Devonshire.  It formed part of the flow of water that supplied the Cascade.  It is believed to have been inspired by a similar but much larger structure in a grand garden near Kassel in Germany.

These photographs were taken yesterday on our ‘Charms of Chatsworth’ open group guided walk.  Details of all our guided walks can be found at


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