Brockhole Gardens

Brockhole is a garden and activity centre in Windermere, Cumbria.

Brockhole is advertised as a house and gardens, I want to state for anyone thinking of going this is not a house in the traditional sense. When I think of a house, it’s usually a stately home or a historic hall or something along those lines of history but inside this house is just a cafe, restaurant, gift shop and art gallery.

A great portion of Brockhole is aimed at children as it has a large variety of different outdoor play areas and zip wires. There’s also archery, clay pigeon shooting, mini golf, orienteering, nature trails and a craft centre.

However, if your only goal is going for an afternoon walk this place is also for you. Brockhole includes a large garden and woodland area with plenty of path, trails and beautiful scenery.

Brockhole is situated on the lakeside, a short walk will take you down to the water where boat rides are available.

We took a walk along the trail at the edge of the water.

The mini golf course and the trail with all the information boards is centered around the theme of Beatrix Potter.

Blessed Be )O(

Lancaster Canal

This is our walk along a short stretch of the Lancaster canal at Bilsborrow.

We started our walk from Guy’s Thatched Hamlet and went directly along the canal to Barton Grange.

You can find our walk around the river Brock here.

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Greenhalgh Castle

Greenhalgh castle is located in Garstang, Lancashire.

Sadly the castle is now nothing more than ruins, it’s very derelict and unsafe. Unfortunately the ruins are not accessible, as its located on private land which is owned by a farmer.

Greenhalgh castle was built in 1490 by Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby. He was an English nobleman and politician who helped defeat Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Stanley who assisted his stepson Henry Tudor with this defeat was gifted the land around Garstang for his participation.

Stanley who had a firm grip over the North-West of England, wanted to protect that dominance and in order to provide defence for his estates Greenhalgh castle was built.

The castle is said to be rectangular, built on raise ground with a tower on each corner. The entrance is believed to have been on the East side with a moat surrounding the castle on the lower part of the ground.

Stanley died in Lathom, 1504 and was buried at the family chapel in Burscough priory, near Ormskirk, Lancashire.

The history for the castle doesn’t end there…

Some 200+ years later and the land is now owned by James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby. He is a royalist and support of Charles I. During the English civil war Greenhalgh castle was garrisoned and was one of the last two Royalist strongholds to be sieged by Oliver Cromwell’s forces in 1644, the other one was Latham. After a lengthy battle of almost a year, the castle surrendered in 1645 and therefore to prevent the castle from being used by military personnel again it was partially demolish.

Thereafter the castle was left to crumble and deteriorate away. By the late 1600’s only the lower portion of one tower remained and the local farming community decided to build and incorporate the remaining stones into their houses. These stones can still be seen today.

Built 1694.

Blessed Be )O(

Brock Valley Nature Trail

Brock Valley (also known as Brock Bottom) is a picnic site and nature trail not far from Beacon Fell near Garstang, Lancashire.

There’s a relatively sizeable (free) car park which is open from 8am – 6pm daily, picnic benches but no bins (Remember to take your rubbish home!) There’s also no public toilets, however the walk here is only about a couple of hours anyway. Dogs are welcome.

The pathway is alongside the Winsnape Brook, also known as the river Brock which flows from the outskirts of Preston and joins the sea at the river Wyre.

The other side of the pathway is woodland.

There’s some steep hills and bridges to cross along the path to be taken.

The trail is very beautiful and scenic.

It was a crisp, Autumn’s day when we went and the cold afternoon sun was beaming through the trees.

Blessed Be )O(

My Samhain 2018

This Samhain we decided to have another quiet one without doing a mini-haunt and definitely no running back and forth to answer the door to trick or treaters.

As always, every Samhain we surround ourselves with pumpkins and carving them is always the best bit.

Since we wouldn’t be doing the full decorations for everyone else this year, we decided to take a stroll around the village to see if anyone else had gotten into the spirit of Samhain.

Once we got home, then we decorated the porch with a few decorations.

As darkness began to descent it was time to get cosy in the back garden and light all the pumpkins.

By the time Samhain had come around, the scarecrow had got a new head.

Last year’s Samhain.

It wouldn’t be Samhain without sitting by the fire.

Blessed Be )O(

My Mabon 2018

Our yearly tradition for Mabon is pumpkin carving and scarecrow making.

This year wasn’t any different as this is what we love to do but the scarecrow did get a big pumpkin head.

2017’s Mabon is here.

It wouldn’t be a celebration without a fire. Darker evenings means the fire starts early in the afternoon.

For me there’s always something nostalgic about straw, pumpkins, candlelight and fire.

Blessed Be )O(

Biskey Howe Viewpoint

Biskey Howe is a landmark viewpoint in Bowness-on-Windermere in Cumbria.


It’s a short walk up a steep hill to the highest point of the town.


The very top of the viewpoint overlooks lake Windermere and the respective town.


The view from the top is stunning and well worth a trip up.

We were fortunate enough to walk up here on a late winter’s afternoon and so we watched the low-lying sun setting off into the distance.


Being a night person rather than a morning I much prefer sunsets rather than sunrises. I cannot get enough of these beauties and this is definitely a memory I won’t forget in a long time.

Blessed Be )O(

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