Enjoying Autumn in Pittville Park
I feel so grateful as to how many great parks we have close to us, and our favourite has to be Pittville in Cheltenham. Last weekend we decided take advantage of the fantastic weather we have had so far this season and spend a few hours there. The girls always have fun on the playground and it is lovely watching them playing with each other as well as seeing how their confidence has grown as they clamber around on the climbing frames.
With it being such a lovely day, the playground got very busy, so we decided to head over (or rather under) the road to the western side of the park and take a walk around the boating lake. The paths were covered in fallen leaves for kicking around in, and colours of the leaves on trees were a wonderful mix of greens and autumnal yellows, oranges and reds.
One of the best bits about this side of Pittville is the “natural playground”. The girls love to walk across the log and stone walkways. It’s always better when we go here as a family and have a ratio of one parent to one child as Freyja isn’t quite confident to jump from one step to the next by herself, and Emily is a little too confident!
Part of the natural playground has a climbing net. Freyja is just about confident enough to have a go at this herself, although she does get a bit nervous as she gets towards the top, and has to swing her legs over to climb down the other side. Emily is keen to follow her sister and clambers up after her as quickly as she can.
On this side of the park there is also the chance to slide….
and to swing….
It was really nice to have been able to come out and go for a decent walk without needing to bring the pushchair with us. Emily is happy enough to walk quite far now before she gets too tired, and on occasions like this, then Rich will sometimes let her sit on his shoulders for a rest, but today she was keen to keep up with her sister and make sure that she wasn’t missing out on anything.
At the far side of the boating lake, the girls wanted to get close to the water’s edge and watch the ducks and swans. Rich went with them to stop any falling/jumping into the water. It was a beautiful picture seeing them crouched up together looking out into the water with the autumnal backdrop.
Once we had been round the lake we stopped for an obligatory ice cream in the boathouse cafe. I think we will still be getting ice creams in the depths of winter (if they still sell them) as the girls have started to see this as part of our “going to Pittville Park ritual”. We then headed back towards the car. At this point Emily was tired and grumpy so was riding on Rich’s shoulders, however, she saw Freyja running across the expanse of grass in front of Pittville Pump Rooms and had to join her.
Despite the amount of running around they had done, the girls still had enough energy left to run around the bandstand for a bit.
As you can see, Emily was still desperate to climb. Rich was happy to help her to climb, but only whilst being held onto tightly!