We have failed miserably to get outdoors this month at the weekend, primarily because we’ve been catching up with family and friends, but I’m longing to see my son running around outside! So today I’m taking a look back at a few hours we spent deer spotting at Charlecote Park with friends last month.
We’ve visited the National Trust property in Warwickshire lots of times since my son was small, and it’s a firm favourite at all times of year. We were visiting just before Christmas and the kids activities seems to have finished, but we weren’t bothered. We’d decided we’d visit the house after lunch, and make the most if it being dry first.
It was perfect to spend a bit of time running around and Monkey and N were soon running on ahead of Emma and I as we chatted away.
There are a few different routes you can take around the grounds at Charlecote Park, and over the years we’ve pretty much covered all of them. A big draw is always seeing the fallow deer. They are so used to visitors and are therefore perfect for children to enjoy looking at. They are often to be found standing out in the open, so it’s really easy for children to spot them.
But first there was the lake to investigate. I thought Monkey would have N running around the entire length of it as he normally does, but not today. He was happy to just see it and move on.
Deer spotting at Charlecote Park saw the boys getting closer and closer, whilst the deer just stared back at them in amusement.
Monkey was certainly feeling braver and more inquisitive than on previous visits, and got a little closer than I’d have liked. But he just liked to walk along beside them.
It does make a change to be able to spot deer easily, rather than see fleeting glimpses of them as they run through the trees. They are such beautiful animals.
After the deers had been thoroughly investigated it was time for some more running around.
We walked to the side of the house, had a quick stop on the bridge before walking round by the river and back again in a loop as the boys let off steam before lunch.
Of course when Monkey’s around, there’s always a stick involved in the adventure at some point.
Before we knew it our deer spotting at Charlecote Park was over for another day, and it was time to say goodbye.
Have you been deer spotting recently?