The Road to Wigan Pier

Back from the South of France and no surprise that the weather didn’t match those dizzy heights of daily sunshine, hot temperatures and blue skies. Rainy, dismal and grey but still determined to get out and about, we ended up in an unlikely place – Wigan Pier. Having found a trail that looked interesting –…

Cycling Along Blackpool’s Seafront

Blackpool, occasionally referred to as the “Las Vegas of Lancashire” doesn’t always do it for me. I fear I’m turning into my mother. I remember childhood holidays in the Lake District with the odd day out in Blackpool when my mother would sigh and compare the resort unfavourably to those misty lakes and mountains. How could that be,…

A Hike Around Hollingworth Lake

On a not so sunny Sunday afternoon with gloomy skies but still in need of fresh air and exercise, we headed to Lancashire for a hike around Hollingworth Lake – inland but just like being by the seaside. Water everywhere, a few little amusement arcades, lots of ice-cream shops and fish and chip places all it is…

Hiking The Tolkien Trail

Having just watched The Hobbit and with Tolkien already a bit hit in our house, we decided to spend a Sunday afternoon hiking the Tolkien Trail in Lancashire. Apparently he used to regularly stay in the Ribble Valley and the beautiful surroundings here inspired him to write Lord of the Rings. Our starting point was a little…

Christmas Dickens Style at Rufford Old Hall

Rufford Old Hall, decorated with scenes from A Christmas Carol was the perfect afternoon outing for us recently.  Son has just read aforementioned novel and is showing a keen (unexpected) interest in all things Dickens – this is pleasing, but anything that distracts him from Minecraft is welcome in our house. Set in beautiful Lancashire…