It’s been a long time since we went for a walk and we both needed to get out of the house for a breath of fresh air. We elected to go to Wycoller, after I’d seen the photographs of it on the ‘Images of Lancashire’ blog by Paul Brookfield (see below).
Wycoller and the surrounding area is designated a country park and no cars are allowed in the village except for residents and disabled visitors although there is ample car parking on the road from Trawden.
As we didn’t have anywhere we needed to be in a a hurry, we ambled through this beautiful unspoiled village, stopping at every bridge, house, stream or even tree for a closer look. The first photograph (don’t forget that you can click on the images to see an enlargement) is of one of seven bridges crossing Wycoller Beck and is of the Packhorse bridge and adjacent ford.
This next image is of Wycoller Hall, thought to be the inspiration for Ferndean Manor in the novel Jane Eyre written by Charlotte Bronte. Much of the stone has been taken and used for other building throughout the ages but this has now been stopped since preventative restoration work begin in 1950.
We had a quick stop at the visitors centre, the Aisled barn, which was originally built in the 1630’s and is listed as being of historic and architectural interest (Grade 2). Unfortunately it was too dark inside the building to take any pictures but it is well worth a visit just to see the scale and size of it – it’s huge.
We crossed over another ancient bridge and had a quick look at some amazing willow sculptures.
These have undoubtedly increased the appeal of this remarkable hamlet and are evidence of a good working partnership between the local community and the council – helping increase the ‘value’ of Wycoller without destroying it’s heart.
This photograph is of a tunnel and bower made out of living willow. This is fantastic, in the summer it is covered in bright green leaves and I can imagine in the winter the branches covered in frost – it must be great when it snows.
A little further upstream are a few benches next to a couple of ponds, obviously man made but done very well and teaming with wildlife. We stopped here for a quick snack and watched the world go by for a while.
Throughout the village the trees were full of fruit and it was good to see that every so often, an information plate had been placed near the tree with it’s species clearly marked. The most spectacular were the Rowan or Mountain Ash (Sorbus aucuparia).
After our rest we headed southeast out of the village along the many paths and bridle ways that are well marked in the area.
A great day out in a beautiful area – I recommend it to everyone.
Wycoller is to east of Colne (at the eastern end of the M65). OS ref SD 931393 (Landranger 103 or Explorer OL21)
I took a lot of photographs – the best of which are below.