Hands up all those who’ve been to Whalley Abbey?
There’s no reason why you should’ve, if you don’t know it exists.
The Abbey, like this small town of Whalley, is usually discovered by accident and returned to often by folk who have.
Whalley is a little gem and the grounds of the Abbey are perfect for a family picnic. Generally, there’s a fee to enter the main grounds of the Abbey, which goes to the upkeep so that’s good (even though it is rarely enforced).
However, there’s no charge to sit in the gardens in the main courtyard, or (what I think is called) the Kitchen Garden, just behind the wall to the left of the main building inside the sturdy outer walls walls.
The grounds have been kept beautiful down the years by the gardener, ably assisted by his waggy-tailed spaniel, Willow.
The ruins of the Abbey has many intriguing nooks and crannies and if you are paying for a family group, you should negotiate a group price. Also, its best to make an afternoon of it, so choose your day based on the weather, and have a picnic box and some games planned (it’s perfect for hide and seek).
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