Hi Guys 🙂 Here we are for another dog walk; this time Liverpool, Calderstones park.
A family park in South Liverpool covering 126 acres. Alongside the park is Calderstones House, playgrounds, botanical gardens, The Reader Cafe and Lakes. The particular day we went to Calderstones was a bleak one; it was cold, rainy and threatening to snow. We didn’t let this dampen our spirits.
Caulderstones is part of the Get Going! incentive throughout parks in Liverpool that encourages people to get moving whether that be jogging or walking. We walked this path which takes you through most of the park and one day we may even be able to jog or even cycle this route. The route is suitable for scooters and bikes but chooses your times wisely as this park can get very very busy.
Our Walk alongside the Caulderstone
Now with Wren and Raven having a high prey drive they are kept on leash in public parks but not only for this reason but also as responsible dog owners we believe that dogs on leashes enables everyone to enjoy their days out. We take our dogs to special places to be off lead or let them off lead on our special pack walks where they are distracted by dogs they know and trust. We have never had a problem with this method and the girls love exploring on or off lead.
This in mind they LOVE watching the ducks, they also like eating duck but they are fascinated with the way they move the noises they make etc. This is a great place for all the family to feed and watch the ducks together, their flock is huge and quite varied.
The stones themselves
The Calderstones are 6 neolithic sandstone boulders remaining from a dolmen. A dolmen is a type of single chamber tomb consisting of two or more vertical large stones. Little was known about these stones in the 18th Century when they are thought to have been disturbed. It wasn’t until it was reported that upon digging around in them; urns made of clay, containing human ash and bones were found.
In the 19th Century academics determined that the remain were part fo a druid circle. The stones were relocated by Joseph Need Walker during his ownership. The stones are now housed in the Harthill Greenhouses in 1954 to protect them from weathering.
I must admit we did not see these stones in their hiding place but when I return I shall update this post with some photos of the stones.
At the end of our visit to Calderstones Park we stopped off that The Reader Cafe which much to our surprise is dog friendly. So with a caramel hot chocolate pit stop we were suitably warmed up after our exploration of this fantastic park. The Reader Cafe is a delight; few tables to sit and consume food and drink at. But most amazingly they are part of the shared reading group in the North West. This means they have book groups in which you can participate in, visit their website above to find out more details.
Have you ever visited Calderstones? We will be returning to find these hidden stones shortly, maybe we will see you there.