We accidentally ended up at Hare Hill Park in Littleborough last Saturday. A trail of events involving a cricket shop and some fish and chips led us to this rather beautiful place, its beauty only enhanced by some very welcome sunshine.
This park actually houses the local library, as well as playgrounds and a bowling club, so if you’re here in the week it has even more going for it.
We initially found ourselves on the older children’s playground. There’s a new looking bike and skate ramp and I found myself wondering why this had been built right next to the play area as, perhaps inevitably, I had to shield CJ’s little ears from the vocal output of some rather sweary teens. However, we later discovered a second playarea aimed at younger children. As you were, sweary teens, (although bear in mind, it’s not big or clever.) To be honest, CJ had a good go at most of the equipment on the older play area, but then she does have big ideas. I really liked the slide which oculd only be accessed by climbing the spiders web/rope/pyramid thingy. The only downside was that I banged my head on one of the bars on it, as I had to bend down and hover behind CJ as she flew up it.
So, on to the younger play area. To get there we walked along a path which overlooks formal gardens and a bandstand (see photo at top of post) and got some fabulous views over to the hills. The play area shares this outlook and was a lovely place to spend time, as well as having some brilliant features to please your kids. And an ice cream van parked up – ideal. There are large trees here for shade and plenty of benches for weary grownups. I always get a bit of a thrill when I spot something I’ve not seen before at a playground – and I loved the mini racetrack here for scooters, trikes and bikes, very cool. I must confess, I got rather carried away and had a little go on the slide. The shame. I can confirm it is good and slidy and even has a cute hidden swing underneath.
We had to take a quick loo break – I tried to follow the sign but couldn’t see anything resembling a toilet. We were called over by a very friendly man at the bowling club and invited to use their toilet as, it transpired, the uninviting looking locked lock-up next to the club was, in fact, the toilet. The official toilet is only open during the week, but ask to use the bowling club toilet if they are locked.
This park is fabulous. There is a good “Friends of the Park” website – members are rightly proud of their great local park. Visit and enjoy!