“ Wycoller Country Park / Pepper Hill Barn Study Centre / Trawden / Colne / Lancashire / BB8 8SY / Tel: 01282 870253 / Fax: 01282 870254 „
Country air, sweeping views, broad sky. Definitely a day out in the Pennines.
I stumbled upon Wycoller Country Park whilst returning from the Lake District over the Bank Holiday weekend. Bored of the usual traffic on the A65 I went cross-country and after diverting around Colne I found myself on the Colne-Oxenhope road (off the A6068 Keighley Road) - a scenic jaunt across Haworth Moor (Bronte Country).
The Park sits a mile from Laneshawbridge, just beyond Colne, and covers acres of protected land, encompassing a working hill farm, open countryside, moorland and the Wycoller Beck. Entrance is free and the park is open during daylight hours.
The Haworth Road car park (room for perhaps 30 vehicles) has information showing the area covered, as well as the extensive footpath network for access, and some history of the area. Whilst there are no facilities here - the park does lead to other local beauty spots like Bank House and Wycoller Beck and an information centre in the Aisled Barn in the middle of the park beside the Beck. Pepper Hill Barn, further towards Trawden runs Education visits and activities based around Nature & Conservation.
There is a second car park at Trawden, closer to Colne, and like the Howard Road Car Park - it's the end of the line for vehicles - allowing safe, pedestrian access beyond.
The main draw (in my opinion) though, is Pendle's Panopticon. (Pendle being the district wherein the park lies).
A Panopticon is 'a device that allows panoramic views' - basically a viewing building. This one is called 'Atom' and is shaped like an ovoid bubble, about 8ft high, with an entrance and half a dozen round holes cut into it's surface at various places to allow broad views of the park. There's even one in it's roof to stargaze. There is also a 3ft diameter steel ball that sits atop a 3ft pole - you can play it like a drum and get some interesting resonant noises from it.
It's a bizarre sight to behold, and like nearby Burnley's Singing Ringing Tree - is a competition winning entry to promote creative arts and installations for public view.
Overall - the Park is both a peaceful place to pass a few hours, perhaps walking the dog, or an informative fun destination to bring kids to learn more about our countryside and nature.
So enjoy the fresh air and see some great scenery.
Wycoller Country Park is one of the prettiest Country Parks in Lancashire. The area is famous for its association with the Brontè sisters who referred to many of the nearby landmarks in books such as "Wuthering Heights" and "Jane Eyre". The exclusion of cars from the village and the attractive appearance of the many preserved old buildings creates a unique feeling of tranquillity which is rarely experienced today. The Country Park has many footpaths leading to local beauty spots which include Bank House and Wycoller Beck. Disabled toilet facilities are provided within the Country Park as well as an information centre at the Aisled Barn.