Sunday, May 23, 2010

Dunsop Bridge

Dunsop Bridge
Dunsop Bridge

A scorching Sunday and niece Lily's second birthday gave us all a great excuse for a picnic at Dunsop Bridge, a beauty spot where the rivers Hodder and Dunsop join (Dunsop Bridge also claims to be the geographic centre of Britain).

The main attractions in Dunsop Bridge are the duck-filled village green, which runs alongside the river, a well-stocked and kept children's playground (with a mini skate-park, just a single ramp and rail), and as a starting point from which walkers and mountain bikers can access a variety of local trails.

Playground at Dunsop Bridge
The playground

Den making: L-R Megan, Lily, Alex, Rosie
Den making: L-R Megan, Lily, Alex, Rosie

Free parking is available along the village green, in a dedicated car park with basic public toilets (the plumbing in the gents sprinkled my sandals, making me doubt my aim for a moment), and beside the road to the play area.

Puddleducks Cafe at Dunsop Bridge
Puddleducks

Refreshments are available from Puddleducks, the village post office and cafe, which serves the delicious local Dowson's ice cream.  They also sell bags of duck food, so you can join the throngs in spoiling some of the best-fed ducks in Lancashire.

A fat duck
A fat duck

After picnicking in the playground, where the kids had a good play and I dismayed all present with a juvenile demonstration of monkey-bar, biking and scooter skills, we made our way down to the green and the river.   Here the kids fed the ducks and tried to skim stones on the river, which was shallow, sedate and clean enough for paddling.

Stone-throwing: L-R Holly, Christopher, Robert
Stone-throwing: L-R Holly, Christopher, Robert

Christopher in the river at Dunsop Bridge
Christopher in the river

We had a great day out at Dunsop Bridge, and if you enjoy your pleasures simple in an unspoiled piece of the English countryside you'll love it too.

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