Sunday, 15 January 2012

Wycoller Country Park

A sharp frost covered the ground this morning but that didn't stop us from enjoying a day in the countryside.  Actually, for me, it only enhanced the pleasure.  I love to get all wrapped up and get out in the fresh air when it's cold.


Victoria, Gary and the boys joined William and I today for an outing to the village of Wycoller and its surrounding Country Park.  Wycoller is said to be one of the prettiest villages in Lancashire and is only a 45 minutes or so drive away from our doorstep.


None of us had ever been to Wycoller before so we were all in for a treat.  Quaint and pretty to say the least and mainly traffic free too.


Wycoller is in Bronte country, follow this link for info on that connection.


Above you can see the remains of 16th century Wycoller Hall on the left.  A visitor information centre is in the barn on the right of the photo. 


The boys loved it.  There was plenty of room for them to run around and ride their bikes.  I imagine it's a different story on a summer's day when the place will be heaving with visitors.  It was fairly busy today in the depths of winter.


Seven bridges cross Wycoller Beck and I think it's the one above that is reported to be around 1,000 years old!  That's George above, I guarantee he was wishing he'd got his wellies on so he could go paddling.


Lots of old houses, quite a few of them for sale.  Pretty as this village is, I don't think I'd like to live right in the middle of it, it must be like living in a goldfish bowl!


Picnic area complete with duck pond. 


Another bridge - maybe it's this one that's 1,000 years old?


Did I mention it was cold!


Beautiful landscape.


An abundance of dry stone walls.  Little boys just have to climb don't they?


Rich farming country I think.  Tons of sheep in the fields.


It was a lovely day and we had a great time.  George posing for me!


Here I am in the ruins of Wycoller Hall with George.  He particularly seemed to be having a good time today and wants us to take him back again.  I think that can be arranged, no problem!



Debbie said...

Love all the old bridges! I have an oddball *thing* about foot bridges, especially quaint old ones. I have had it since I was a little girl.

The whole outing looks wonderful. Someday I'm going to get brave and rich enough to visit your neck of the woods. I love it every time you post.

elizabeth said...

Beautiful photos! Thanks so much for your encouragement on my post today.