Are you like me with a thousand and one things to do in the morning? as soon as I wake up, or little man wakes me!, I’m up out of bed and all my morning routines kick into place, but weather permitting I love to get out and about with Molly and James, a picturesque walk at Gawthorpe Hall would just be perfect!,so a quick tidy round and we’re out the door.
As Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham is only down the road I thought I’d share some of the local walks we do with Molly and James that don’t cost a penny and are absolutely stunning. The grounds are perfectly kept and its such a peaceful place. As you enter the grounds the carpark is on your left hand side and is free. Follow the signs to the hall that’s where your walk begins and it takes over an hour and a half to complete Molly would go for hours but I just let James lead and see how far his little legs will take him! You must keep your dog on a lead in the grounds but as soon as you’re on the path towards the River Calder you can let them run free. The walk through the woods is uneven and would be tricky with a pushchair as its quite steep in places and you do have to go through a wooden stile but the paths are well trodden and it can be done. Its a beautiful walk along the river Calder and there’s lots of wildlife to see.
We only made it through the woods and back round the grounds as James went running to catch a squirrel which took most of the time we had but so funny to watch him shout out “get down” the poor squirrel looked petrified! now it’s time to take James to his childminder and I have to work but a beautiful early morning walk sets me up for the day 🙂
Even though we didn’t have a lot of time today we love it here and It’s a great place to walk on a lovely day and have a picnic , or even call in the café for something to eat. Gawthorpe Hall is open wed to sun 12pm-5pm and is £4 for adults and free for kids. Here is a pdf doc for more information and a detailed step-by-step guild to the walk http://www.visitlancashire.com/dbimgs/padiham-and-gawthorpe.pdf
Have a fab Friday, nearly the weekend Yay! 🙂
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!!!