I absolutely love weekends when we get time to spend them together as my hubby works quite a lot of them. I’m always on the look out for our next mini adventure and local places to visit which include dog friendly walks so we can take Molly . My friend Nicola, who has a beautiful bespoke hair accessory business http://www.nreso.co.uk/, visited Wycoller Country Park the other day and recommended we take a look so with the sun shining we were all up at the crack of dawn, as James still doesn’t sleep passed 6am, we were all ready to go and out the door eager for our Sunday morning mini adventure.
It’s easy to get to and sign posted well, but you can’t drive into the village of Wycoller you have to park your car which is only £1 for the whole day, and walk along a lovely country path that takes you right into the village which is about 500 meters from the carpark. The walk into the village is surrounded by the most beautiful countryside I’ve ever seen, it’s so peaceful and tranquil it was just what we all needed after such a hectic week.
The village is so picturesque and peaceful and because it’s a conservation area and closed to outside traffic you just feel safe to let your little ones run free. There are two ancient bridges which cross Wycoller Beck then as soon as you cross the first bridge you immediately see the remains of the great hall, which is full of nooks and crannies which James loved exploring.
I can’t tell you how quiet it was, I know it was early but we only saw three other people the whole time we were there. I really think this beautiful country park could benefit from your local support so if it’s a lovely sunny day and you want to take yourself off for a mini adventure and see where the day takes you this is a great place to start.
Just through the ruins there’s Aisled Barn which is now used as a visitor centre with lots of information on the local area and upcoming events as it’s the 30th anniversary of Pendle Way. There is a lot more to see and do but as we’d been up early James was starting to flag we headed to the local café not the one in the village as it doesn’t open until 11am on Sundays but just a few minutes from the carpark there’s a great little café called Old Rock ,which serves really good home cooked food we couldn’t resist two full English breakfasts which were the best I’ve had in ages. The staff were so friendly and really accommodating making little man scrambled eggs on toast and bringing him a colouring book and crayons to keep him occupied while we were waiting for our food.
We had such a lovely mini adventure at Wycoller can’t wait for our next sunny day so we can visit again and hopefully not at the crack of dawn! On our return we heard the devastating news of the attack in London my heart goes out to all the families and friends of all the victims there are no words. Being a parent is so scary today, but feel the only thing I can do is not be afraid and carry on living our lives the best we can with love in our hearts.
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!!!