Yarrow Valley Country Park – a fine place to visit

Yarrow Valley Country Park – a fine place to visit

A few months ago, round about November I think, we visited Yarrow Valley County Park, and it’s fair to say we really enjoyed it.

The County Park is managed and run by Chorley Council and spanning some 700 acres it really is a decent size.

In addition to the superb parklands, there is a really decent cafe on site as well as an information centre which I understand was build with Heritage Lottery funds.

Our visit back in November was on a cold dull wintery day but we saw enough to know that we would come back on a better day and that’s exactly what we did last week. It was an ideal thing to do before the hustle and bustle of a trip to the national stadium at Wembley a few days later.

Where is it?

It’s an easy enough place for us to get to from our home in Manchester – taking about 45 minutes or so by car. The park is about 12 miles from Preston and 26 or so miles from Liverpool and Manchester. The precise location is Birkacre Road, Chorley, PR7 3QL

Well kept and in good order

It really does appear to be a well kept park. The paths are well maintained and in good order, and I think for the most part pretty accessible. There are a couple of lakes to wander around, separate signed walking routes that can be followed, a  play area for children and a lovely wooded river walk. There’s plenty of information on the Country Park’s website, so no point in me repeating it all here. You can check out the information at this link.

At that link you will also find information on four separately graded (colour coded) walks in an easy to read downloadable pdf format document.

Picture gallery 1 – country park views

There is certainly a decent amount of wildlife to be seen and the park seems a haven for a good variety of birdlife.

There are plenty of picture here and clicking on any of the images below (and in other photo sets) will open a picture gallery that can be clicked or scrolled through


Picture gallery 2 – peaceful fishing

Fishing isn’t anything that I have ever felt drawn to – but I can often recognise the therapeutic value of the pastime and the opportunity for peace and quiet.

Picture gallery 3 – enjoying the fresh air and the open space

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