Start the day in a leisurely fashion, with breakfast on the lawn of the manor? Tick.
Coffee in the sunshine? Tick.
A quick inspection of the flower beds? Tick.
All looks to be in order so we mosey off to visit the Parish Church of St Mary & All Saints in the village of Whalley, the oldest parish in Lancashire.
The church has been around in some fashion or other since the 600s, with the current version dating back to 1200. The tower was added in 1440. There’s an organ and various seating configurations (including pull down seats…like at the cinema) and even a cage that looks like it should be for troublesome children, but isn’t.
Whalley is in the Ribble Valley and is home to the ruins of Whalley Abbey. After a roam around the church, we wandered over to the Abbey for a bit more roaming.