Any of you readers who soldier on with my blog will have noticed that I have a liking for parks and gardens. Astley Hall and its Park is a favourite of mine that’s not too far away from where I live.
Astley Hall and Park are just on the edge of Chorley town centre. In fact the main entrance from the town forms part of the War Memorial. Start your walk from here along the drive and you’ll pass through open spaces with enticing, woodland pathways leading off. Crossing the dam at one end of the lake will bring you to the Hall itself and the walled garden behind it. Which even when the grounds are busy still has the ability to be an oasis of calm.
A feature of the walled garden is the hot house, built in the style of the Victorian / Edwardian era. Simple and sturdy it stands along the back wall of the garden and sponge like soaks up whatever heat the day has on offer.
It’s a simple, all year around pleasure just to have a wander around the garden, or take a seat and just let the world take care of itself for couple hours.
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