Sunday, 13 November 2011

Wycoller and the Coppice Walks

It's been really rather pleasant weather wise in October this year and we got out and about aplenty.

At the request of the girls we decided to revisit Wycoller and the Atom panopticon.  It was a lovely chilly, hazy, sunny afternoon so the ruins of the old Hall were looking especially spooky and atmospheric.  It's said to be the inspiration for Ferndean Manor in the Charlotte Bronte novel Jane Eyre.

Just up the hill from the village is one of the East Lancashire panopticons.  This one is called the Atom.

You can walk around and inside it.  It's fun.  Sadly the large metal ball inside it seems to have disappeared.  Don't know why. It's nice to sit in the windows and admire the view.

It must have been pretty mild because on the way back to the carpark we saw about 40 ladybirds. Just kept spotting them on the brambles and nettles alongside the footpath.

A week or so later another nice day turned up so we set off for another favourite local haunt, the Coppice in Accrington.  A pleasant walk around the hill and then a little sit on the memorial at the top to admire the view.  It's had a clean up recently and all the graffiti is gone.

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