Last camping trip of the year

We had a sneaky night away in Frank a couple of weeks ago to Rivington. Rivington is not too far away from us in Lancashire but it was our first visit to the area.  We arrived Saturday morning and took a (rather wet) walk through Rivington Country Park.  This park includes Rivington terraced gardens which were designed and built at the turn of the 1900s by Lord Leverhulme of Lever Brothers/Port Sunlight fame.  Originally the park contained a boating lake, a zoo and a castle folly.  It was a foggy day so when we were walking it was really neat to see what sort of structure would next emerge from the fog – a bit like a voyage of discovery.  There were some lovely terraces, towers and archways to explore.

Another great find along the way was the Rivington Village Green Tea Room (www.rivingtonvillagegreentearooms.co.uk). When I saw the sign I didn’t think about going in as dogs aren’t usually allowed in tea rooms.  Thankfully Paul had done his research and not only did this place allow dogs, it allowed muddy boots and muddy walkers too so we were allowed in too!  The place had a really nice, relaxed and inclusive atmosphere.  There were a couple of wood burners going, a few dogs lurking under the tables.  Banoffee Pie was my treat of choice whereas Paul had a Chip Barm… Carb overload.  We stayed for a while in the hope that the rain might go off but Stella decided it was time to go before that happened…

Our campsite was on a farm just outside the village of Rivington (www.wilcocksfarmcaravansite.co.uk).  Paul had knocked up a nice stew which we had for our evening meal accompanied by some cherry scones.  It was a windy night on the farm but we woke up in the morning we woke up to a beautiful clear sky.  We realised we had nice views across the fields behind the farm.  The campsite wasn’t very busy so Stella stretched her legs with a game of tennis balls before we packed up and headed home.

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There are lots of picturesque reservoirs around the area and a maze of footpaths. We didn’t make it to the top of Winter Hill which is on Rivington Moor either so we definitely will be scheduling in a trip back in that direction.