Wycoller Country Park
OS grid reference :- SD935395
Wycoller Country Park is one of the the most attractive country parks in Lancashire. The area is famous for its association with the Brontè sisters who made reference to many of the nearby landmarks in novels such as 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Jane Eyre'.
The Country Park has a number of 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.
The charming and highly characterful village of Wycoller can be accessed via a short walk from the nearby car park.
A variety of ancient bridges cross Wycoller Beck, including 'Pack-Horse Bridge', a twin arched bridge in the centre of the village, which once linked the weavers of Lancashire with the wool merchants of Yorkshire in the long trail made by tradesmen between the two counties. It is believed to date back to the thirteenth century and is also called Sally's Bridge.
Clapper Bridge stands close to the ruins of the old hall and probably dates from the late eighteenth century. Clam Bridge is believed to be of neolithic origin and is listed as an Ancient Monument. It consists of just a long stone laid across the river.
Wycoller Hall is thought to be the inspiration for Ferndean Manor (the home of Rochester) in Charlotte Bronte's novel 'Jane Eyre'. Built in 1550 by Piers Hartley, then a single-storey yeoman’s house, the hall was once the centre of a sizable estate, the Hartleys who were one of the greatest farming families in this part of Lancashire.
Wycoller Country Park is managed by Lancashire Countryside Service.