Atmospheric lovely Lancashire location, a place that holds many memories for me…
I used to live next to the park and for 5 years had a lovely walk through (or around) Astley park to get to school. Being my local park, I would spend many hours hanging out there, climbing trees and jumping streams, walking and daydreaming. It was really a great way to experience the changing seasons in the park and woods. The atmospheric misty mornings, frosty scenes of a winter wonderland, scattered snowdrops and spring daffodils, followed by balmy summer evenings.
Astley Hall and parkland is known as the jewel in Chorley’s crown.
It lies between Chorley and its neighbouring villages of Euxton and Astley Village.
Astley Hall is of Jacobean origin and has 105 acres of parkland, its beautifully situated next to an ornamental lake and there are woodland walks, picnic areas, bowling greens, tennis courts, animal enclosures, and children’s play areas. A few years ago its walled garden and Georgian stable block were refurbished and it has a cafe (Cafe Ambio), classrooms and exhibition area.
The Hall and parkland were home to several important local families until it was given by Reginald Arthur Tatton to Chorley Corporation in 1922 to be used as a war memorial and museum for the benefit of local people.
Astley Hall and the park is a lovely place to visit. It’s free to enter (optional donation) and there is also free parking a few minutes walk away in Astley village. During the winter months, the Hall is sometimes closed or just open at weekends, its best to check the current opening times before visiting.
For more info on Astley Hall visit the: Chorley council website
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my photographs and discovering this lovely Lancashire place that inspires me, Sam Rowena x