Friday, 8 August 2014

#CountryKids A sunny afternoon at Wray Castle

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


It was a nice day yesterday so we decided to head up the shores of Windermere and go to Wray Castle. Lots of other people had the same idea so we had to go to the overflow car park and came at the castle from a different angle:

Wray Castle

We quickly grabbed a picnic from the cafe and I spotted this cheeky little addition to a hole in the servery:

Wray Castle rat

Well supplied we took the wiggly path down to the lake shore:

Windermere, Wray Castle

A picnic rug was established in a combined shady/sunny spot and the children very quickly changed into swim wear and were into the water:

Paddling in Windermere, Wray Castle

The water wasn't was very warm but they were happy enough paddling, my daughter wasn't too happy when she slipped and fell right in:


The local swans didn't seem to mind either the cold water or the noisy children:

swan

After recovering from her impromptu dip my daughter attempted to catch some of the other local fauna:


Her little brother did what little brothers do best, cause as much disruption as possible too stop her succeeding:


I then persuaded him to have a go at swimming despite the coldness of the water. He didn't do too badly:


Big sister had given up on  catching anything and instead had fun skimming stones:


After a while they both needed to get out and warm up whilst they ate their picnic:


Once they had warmed up and got dressed my son was keen to get into the castle as on his last visit he had discovered a new table tennis table in one of the old servant's rooms:


My daughter made butterfly feeders in a free crafting session whilst I had a wander around. I love that they have dressed one room to look like another of our local properties Allan Bank


You can see why the original owners had chose to site their castle in this beautiful spot when you look through the windows:


The castle is geared up to entertaining lots of different ages including a full sized billiard table:

Wray Castle, billiard room

Even away from the adventure playground there was plenty for the children to do including croquet:

croquet Wray Castle

On our way back to the car I couldn't resist taking a shot through this strategically placed picture frame:

Wray Castle

My children were much more interested in the volleyball net:

Wray Castle

I am planning on going back next week just with my son and to hopefully spend time in the new adventure playground!

6 comments:

  1. Coombe Mill (Fiona)9 August 2014 00:54

    I do love to watch the boats along a canal, I remember being fascinated and wanting to help when I was young. A great place for a walk with plenty to see. Thank you for sharing on Country Kids.

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  2. Narrowboat holidays are lovely - it's nice to travel at such a leisurely pace although going through large flights of locks can be a bit busy. Hubby and I have been narrowboating a couple of times although not since the children arrived - not sure how they'd cope with being fairly restricted to such a confined space (although we could always moor up and go for a walk). That said, my in-laws used to go on boating holidays when hubby was small and he apparently enjoyed it. Great post, and lovely photos.

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  3. Lovely photos! I do love narrow boats. Would love to rent one and travel around the country on it... one day! :) #CountryKids.

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  4. Love to walk down canal paths. There's always something interesting to see. I'm not sure I'd want to spend too much time on a narrow boat though.

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  5. Merlinda Little11 August 2014 21:04

    Wow thats a lot of floors to shop! I am always fascinated with house boats. I have so many flash floods experience that I feel that in my country (Philippines) I will be safer if I live in one. #countrykids

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  6. Gailann Houston11 August 2014 21:27

    Sounds like a lovely little stroll, I must try and find it next time I'm in the Leeds area.

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