A wintery walk in The Forest of Dean
I often contemplate how lucky we are living where we do. We are close to a city and large town, and yet only slightly further away, we can find ourselves in the most wonderful countryside. The Forest of Dean really is beautiful and feels like another world.
There is currently the Stick Man trail at Beechenhurst Lodge so we decided to follow the trail (having done the Superworm Trail the previous year) but not get the activity pack as we had had a go at this at Westonbirt Arboretum. As we followed the trail around, the girls discovered some stick dens and were keen to explore….
Whilst we weren’t on the lookout for sticks to make another Stick Man, Freyja can’t resist finding sticks to take round on any walks.
The trail also takes in some of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. We found “Dead Wood” which are five steel plates dug into the forest floor and represent forests as places of “burial and concealment”. A little eerie, but nevertheless, the girls enjoyed the hollow thuds made as they stamped across them.
Whilst we didn’t have a go at the Stick Man activities, we passed each of the Activity Boards including the one which challenged the children to build a tower of sticks. Freyja didn’t really want to build one this time as Emily knocked down the one that she and Rich (mainly Rich) built last time. However, Emily was delighted to see that someone had already been building towers. Without a moment to think about it, the tower had been kicked down and she showed no remorse….
Emily has yet to fully understand the power of Karma, as within about 5 minutes of her wanton destruction after splashing through some muddy puddles she tripped over and was covered in muddy water. Obviously I wasn’t so heartless as to take a photo of her crying in the mud (Rich wouldn’t let me).
It really was the perfect sort of day for a wintery walk – there was a chill in the air, but it was beautifully bright and sunny, and just goes to show that you should never let the weather stop you from enjoying the outdoors – you just need to make sure you are in the right clothes.
Although we haven’t really had much of a winter this year, it’s good to think that spring is just around the corner, and there really is nothing nicer than being out in the sunshine in beautiful surroundings that are bursting with life. It’s exciting to see these signs of new life, and a new season starting to appear already…..