You don’t need your hiking gear to enjoy tranquillity. Chorley’s four main parks are all within easy reach but all are a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of daily life to give your family the complete day out.
Surrounding Astley Hall, Astley Park was once the site of a chance finding of ancient pottery, which confirmed that the area was once a Bronze Age settlement. Popular with children and families it is a great outdoors retreat, especially when combined with a visit to the beautifully refurbished Astley Hall.
In recent years, millions have been spent on transforming and restoring the popular Hall and Park to its full glory. Children can enjoy feeding the ducks on the lake, exploring play areas including the spectacular Royalists’ Retreat, or visiting Pet’s Corner. Plus, with free traditional fun family games on the tennis courts, bowling greens and putting greens, there’s plenty to keep them entertained all day long.
The whole family can enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the Victorian Walled Garden which is lovingly tended to by a group of dedicated volunteers, grab a spot of lunch in the refurbished Coach House café, or pick up some local artisanal goods from Barrica in the Park.
Astley Park covers 43 hectares and you can gain access from Park Road in Chorley town centre, or through Hallgate, off Chancery Road in Astley Village. The Hallgate car park is free but has limited spaces and the Sat Nav postcode is PR7 1XA