Visitors have always enjoyed running up and down the Cascade hill. But they will certainly need to take care as Duchess Georgiana realised in the eighteenth century. According to a letter from the Duchess Georgiana to Countess Spencer in August 1777 there was a potentially serious Cascade related incident….

‘We have had a disagreeable accident this evening that might have been attended with bad consequences. Sir C Bunbury & Mr Townsend were running a race from the foot of the Cascade, they imagin’d it a gradual slope to the gravel walk & by not seeing the wall till it was to late to stop they fell down 12 or 14 feet -they are both extremely lame but not essentially hurt…’

All was well in the end it seems.