Levens Park and Force Falls

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Another weekend afternoon jaunt, this time with the whole family, on an old favourite walk through Levens Deer Park. The park is a proper deer park, attached to Levens Hall, and has its own herd of domesticated fallow deer, of a breed particular to the park, and likewise it’s own breed of goats, although we didn’t see those on this occasion.

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It’s spread out either side of the River Kent…

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…and this walk follows the western bank for a while, leaves the park briefly, crosses a road bridge and then returns via the eastern bank.

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We met the deer pretty much as we entered the park.

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A nice opportunity to try out my new favourite toy’s zoom facility.

Another chance cropped up after we’d left the park, when we spotted a grey heron sat on the verge of the minor lane ahead of us. It was really very gloomy at this point, both because it was late in the afternoon and also because it was overcast, so I’m quite chuffed with the result…

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The minor lane is extremely quiet since it’s a dead-end, having been chopped off when the A590 dual-carriageway was built. A path continues however, under the main-road’s bridge over the Kent….

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….to Force Falls.

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We stopped here for a while to watch some canoeists shooting the falls.

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I did take some photos, but they were taken through a tall hedge, before a resident of one of the cottages by the falls invited us to watch from their car-parking area.

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There’s a sign at the other end of the park which says ‘No Swimming’. We never ignore that. Not at all.

It looked exhilarating. One canoeist did capsize as he went over, but they’d obviously got a good safety routine organised and he was soon rescued.

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Most of the return leg follows this avenue of magnificent oaks, dating back to 1690 when the park was first laid out.

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Some of the oaks are hollow, and there’s little that’s more enticing to a small boy than climbing inside a hollow tree.

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I was more absorbed by the sun setting ahead of us.

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I’ve taken photos of the boys inside this tree before, when they were tiny-tots…

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….but the opening used to be much smaller and for a time they weren’t able to get inside.

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On the wooded banks of the Kent, snowdrops were flowering. Spring is on its way!

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Levens Park and Force Falls

9 thoughts on “Levens Park and Force Falls

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Because we never get snow, we’ve been busy bemoaning its absence, but I can see what you mean, sort of…
      (But just in case any weather gods are listening in, I’m still holding-out for a good foot or two in the Silverdale region. Enough to close the schools all around here for, ooh say about a week)

      1. Well, yes, but it’s gone on so long here, that all our schools have already had two days off a couple of weeks ago….not that it affects me any more……….

        I’ll see if I can’t send some up there.

  1. Thank you for posting such a fun piece about the park. I live at Levens Hall with my wife and we use Google Alerts to tell us when any new articles appear that concern the estate. It looks like your family enjoyed yourselves and we hope that you come back soon.

    Kind regards

    Richard Bagot

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Hi Richard,
      We did enjoy ourselves and we will undoubtedly be back soon. This is a favourite walk of ours. In fact, whilst we were on the walk I was trying to remember if we’ve ever taken the kids to tour your Hall. I don’t think we have. I used to come quite often, I liked to sit in the garden and read on a sunny summer afternoon. I think, because we’re National Trust members, we’re sometimes a bit blinkered and drive past Levens to get to Sizergh. We shall have to put that right this year.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Yes, I think we did see Salmon. I’ve certainly seen them here a couple of times.

      The DBs – that’s a band of course.

      Everything is a crisis in waiting where those boys are concerned. Although, on a recent outing S was shouting at B ‘Don’t go any higher!’

      They were up a tree. I didn’t look. I hate to think how high B was if S thought it wasn’t safe.

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