Autumn Day Out

Ever since little T started school, we make it a point to go out for walks over the weekend when we can.  And last Saturday was no exception.

Being members of both the National Trust and English Heritage, is easy for us to plan a day-trip out without going too-far or spending too much.  Most of our little adventures in fact cost, almost next-to nothing.

Last weekend brought us to Penhallam Manor, an English Heritage medieval property not far from where we live.  When I say property, it really is more like a ruin, or the remains of a 13th century ruin.

As soon as we parked, I noticed this scary-looking haunted house barely visible from all the surrounding trees.

Up-sound scary music.

And here’s little T, who didn’t seem bothered at all.

In our English Heritage book, it mentioned that it was about a ten-minute walk from the parking lot to the ruins.

It didn’t feel like that at all.  Maybe because we were all too busy having fun, running after Doc, trying to grab the stick in his mouth … just to annoy/excite him 😉

As you can see from the photo, he absolutely loved the game of catch-me-if-you-can.

The game ended as we spied the gate not far away from where little T stood.

Little T reading the history of this medieval manor.

This 13th century manor was owned by the Cardinhams family who were apparently a family of minor barons who made money from being in good terms with King John (1199-1216).  Penhallam was probably just one of their many houses in England.  It wasn’t actually that big, judging from the ruin.

It’s a manor surrounded by a moat and because the Lord of the Manor didn’t have any heirs (only daughters), by the 14th century, the house had already fallen into decline.

This is what it must have looked like during the medieval times.

And there goes little T, eager to cross the moat!

There wasn’t really much left especially since grass has covered what was left of the medieval bricks of the manor.  But you could still see the outline of where the walls once stood.

Some may think that it isn’t a place worth visiting, but if you’re just looking for a place to have a short walk with your dog and little one, and you live nearby – it’s definitely worth a visit.

The only problem was that we couldn’t find a place to have our little picnic!  So we decided to look for a different place instead.  But got stuck in the Cornish traffic:

Yep, this is what a traffic jam looks like Cornwall.  You get stuck behind a herd of cows, sheep or horses.

And after a bit of a drive, we ended up at …

the beach on Widemouth bay in Bude …

which was actually filled with sea-foam!

Little T actually had fun playing with it.  She called it bubble mixture!

We ended the day-out with …


Don’t you just love day-outs, especially ones that end up with ice-cream?


Have a lovely weekend folks!


  1. Coombe Mill

    What a lovely day and much better to enjoy your picnic at the beach. The path up to the house looks great as a country walk on its own but you do need the signs to help with what the old house would have looked like!

  2. Baby Routes (@BabyRoutes)

    Love your photos of the sea foam – looks like someone just blew cotton wool balls onto the beach! Looks like a great place to explore and definitely agree that all the best kind of days end with ice-cream!

  3. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    A lot of y’alls trips end in ice cream – which is awesome, except it looks so cold!

    And, I love the ruins! I’m fascinated by them, probably because we don’t really have them like you do!

    • Actually, it wasn’t that cold, blustery yes… But surprisingly, not that cold … at least not yet 😉

  4. Looks like you had a fun day out – the ruins of the house look like a lovely place to go for a walk and looked like you had a great time at the beach too 🙂

  5. brummymummyof2

    What an amazing day out and your beach photos are AMAZING!!! Like the kind that need to be on a canvas. Beautiful. Sigh. I love the beach in the cold weather x

    • Oh wow, thanks! … Not a big fan of the beach though in the cold weather! 😉

  6. afamilydayout

    I like visiting places where you have to use your imagination and think what it would have been like in previous years. So this would be my kind of day out!

    • You’re right. It is a little gem actually. A moat, surrounded by trees in a tranquil background 🙂

  7. mummyoftwo2

    It looks like a brilliant day out. It’s great to get out at this time of year and explore isn’t it!

  8. mummyconstant

    Looks lovely and I love the shot of the bouncy dog 🙂 Happy autumn days!

    • Oh he certainly is bouncy! He’s a springer x bedlington terrier after all 😉

  9. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    Looks like a lovely walk, and ending with a picnic on the beach and ice cream does make for a perfect day 🙂 Love the photos of T with the sea foam! #countrykids

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