What a great start to the week when the sun is shining it just makes you feel so much better doesn’t it! I feel so lucky living in Lancashire as we’ve got the most beautiful countryside right on our doorstep. We decided to jump in the car and have a lovely afternoon out in the picturesque village of Barley. Which is only a 15 minute drive from our house a great place for James to run and explore.
As we arrived there is quite a big car park and it’s only a £1 for the whole day which is great value and all monies are invested back into the village, brilliant! James went running ahead straight for the park, he is totally in love with picking daisy’s and buttercups up at the moment, so funny! The park is only small but has enough to keep little ones amused. There are 4 swings, 2 for older children and 2 for baby/toddlers, a long bench with springs underneath, which James is sat on above pretending it was a horse saying “giddy up giddy up!”. There are also little wooden round steps, a spiders web swing. At the end there’s a little climbing wall with a tunnel underneath and a slide, ideal for toddlers and small children.
James loved this little park and enjoyed watching the sheep and lambs running in the fields opposite. He also could hear the ducks quacking from the little river that runs right through Barley, so went on the hunt to try and find them!
James really enjoyed the little bridge where he could peer through at the ducks. Then gather stones to drop over the edge, loving the splashing noises each one made. It’s such a quiet, peaceful park with the most beautiful countryside all round. If you love ducks then check this out 🙂
There’s a great little café as you walk up from the carpark, which serves hot and cold food, and great ice-creams! If you want a pub meal there is the Barley Mow which has award winning food http://seafoodpubcompany.com/venue-promotions/barley-mow-pendle/ and there’s also the Pendle Inn http://www.pendle-inn.co.uk/beer-food/ .Depending on what you’d like to eat they are both great places and serve amazing food at reasonable prices. You can check out the menu’s on the links before you visit. We’ve eaten at both venue’s and I love each of them they have there own individual styles, but I do love the food at the Barley Mow 🙂
If you want to go for a long walk with older children there’s a great walk called The Pendle Sculpture Trail.Which takes place just about a mile up from the carpark. The trial has some great sculpture’s from various artists which was inspired by the history of Pendle witches from 1612. I’m sure we’ll be able to take James next summer and walk the trail 😉 We couldn’t leave without enjoying a mini milk ice lolly 😉 it has been such a lovely afternoon out in the picturesque village of Barley. I can’t wait till he’s climbing Pendle Hill as I did with my family when I was little, I’m sure it won’t be long! Here’s to a many more sunny afternoon’s out & about! 🙂
Author: Mandy J McDonald
A UK Family Lifestyle & Days Out Blogger – Sharing our mini family adventures & my love for all home and garden inspirations with lots of tips & tricks!!!