On a sunny November’s day, the kids don’t want to be trapped inside, they want to be out, running free. We’re lucky to be surrounded by plenty of parks, forests and beautiful National Trust sites. In fact, on days like this, the difficulty is often in choosing where to go, rather than struggling to come up with one place. The children want to chase about, climb and jump, chat about and collect ‘nature’ and anywhere will do for them, they’re not fussy. But given a choice, I am. I like to go somewhere beautiful and natural. So last week we went to one of my favourite places to stroll (well, I stroll, Little Man and Boo run wild!), nearby Cannock Chase….
They currently have The Gruffalo’s Child trail on, which adds a little something to the trip, and though many of the cut-outs and trail were the same as The Gruffalo trail that we did earlier this year, the children still adored spotting all of the creatures in the woods, and Boo and I had fun trying out the tasks on each board, such as looking for shapes in the forest around us, and pretending to be the animals from the story.
I love the pine smells that assail you as you walk around. I love the way the sunlight filters through the treetops. It’s a beautiful place, it feels peaceful and calming even when it’s busy, and as with much of the great outdoors, it’s free.