People have been recommended Wendover Woods to me for ages, I’ve seen Facebook status update’s from friends etc and kept thinking ‘I must explore!’ For one reason and another it just hadn’t happened. Fate was about to step in. I’d been catching up with Erica’s adventures on 92three30 recently and seen that she’d taken H to her local Forestry Commission for a Stick Man trail. My ears pricked up, when I noticed a comment from Emma at Bubbablueandme mentioning that the event was also being held at Wendover Woods throughout January. Right that’s it I thought, time to get the SatNav programmed, Monkey we are off to Wendover Woods!
So last Saturday, Monkey and I set off for the outskirts of Aylesbury, both in wellies, him in waterproof trousers, for our first trip to Wendover Woods, our first trip to a Forestry Commission site. That fact surprises even me, considering our love of nature! Oops, must rectify. One thing to bear in mind – change for the car park – it is pay and display. I ‘borrowed’ some change from Monkey’s piggy bank – £3.20 will get you 4 hours car parking. It’s all very well laid out on arrival, and even I could park without any problems.
Monkey was eager to get started, I’d spotted signs for The Stick Man Trail so we picked up a free map leaflet for the Woods, and off we went.
Unfortunately for us, the Stick Man Trail had obviously been really popular already and there weren’t any activity leaflets left. But we got on fine, there were lots of activity suggestion points along our route and Monkey loved spotting them, Mummy here’s another one! Mummy what does the Stick Man say?
We had so much fun stacking sticks, making a stick man and looking at the trees along our Stick Man trail. Talking about the woodlands, getting muddy, giggling along the way.
We played hide and seek with our Stick Man, and he’s going into Nursery School for Show and Tell apparently.
I loved watching Monkey run ahead, jumping in puddles, having fun, investigating dens. He’s normally quite a cling-on, so it was refreshing seeing him be a little independent, confident enough to let go!
Jumping in muddy puddles ……
Having fun ……
We talked about different trees and different leaves, and studied the tree trunks with their rings – that fascinated him. We jumped in lots of muddy puddles, yes he got me jumping too. We kicked out feet through the leaves and squelched in the mud.
We had lunch at the cafe, Monkey’s lunchbox was less than £4.00 (I think £3.50 but don’t quote me on that) and I had a lovely sandwich and coffee.
We looked at the map and off we went again. He was mesmerised when 2 horses rode out in front of us. We followed them and tracked their horseshoe prints. We have a couple of horseshoes hanging in the kitchen from my wedding, so he was excited to see the marks they left in the mud.
We went shadow chasing to end our time at Wendover Woods. As well as more puddle jumping – obviously!
We got back to the car, after a lovely time in the sunshine, in the woods. Mummy that was great fun. Can we come again please!
What more can you ask for? We’ll be back with our magnifying glass next time for some bug hunting!