Last weekend, we had the lovely Donna from What the Redhead Said and her family come to stay with us for a couple of nights. On the Saturday morning, we were all up early and the weather was beautiful so we thought we’d make the most of the sunshine and spend some time outdoors exploring the Lake District. We’ve been to Whinlatter Forest a couple of times, as it’s not really that far from where we live, and I knew it would be perfect for all the children to get rid of some energy!
Whinlatter Forest is owned by the Forestry Commission and is placed just outside Keswick, near to Bassenthwaite Lake. The Gruffalo Trail is still in full swing after a successful year, although an additional Superworm trail has now been added. Our children aren’t very famililar with the Superworm book so we stuck to the Gruffalo Trail.
O, Little Pickle and Little Man loved playing on the wooden play equipment – LP selling ice cream to A through the window in the play cabin did make me chuckle! O and LP also loved opening the little secret doors to find carvings of various leaves and magical woodland creatures.
The trail leads walkers up the side of the fell, with varioous viewpoints along the way where you can sit on the benches and take in the beautiful surroundings. The kids loved pretending the log benches were balance beams and successfully jumped from one to the next.
We had a great time spying the Gruffalo characters and this time even managed to find the wooden Gruffalo sculpture! Last time we came, we must’ve walked straight past it! O loved pointing out the purple prickles on the Gruffalo’s back, his orange eyes and poisonous wart.
The trail is a rather decent walk, and so by the time we had found the Gruffalo sculpture, all the kiddies were shattered and ready for a rest. Before heading back to the car, we did find another play park at the end of the trail with climbing frames, rope swing and Archamedes screw water play set which was fab. The kids got a bit wet, but they didn’t seem to mind! We should remember to take wellies next time though!
We had a great time at Whinlatter Forest, also home to Go Ape! if there’s any adults feeling rather brave! Practically a free morning out, with just the car parking facilities to pay for. A really great way to get the kids outdoors, but also see some of the Lake District – something that we clearly don’t appreciate enough with it right on our doorstep!