Enjoying Deerpark Forest
As awesome as our cabin was, and facilities available on site at Deerpark, the real selling point to our Forest Holidays for me was being able to go straight out from our cabin into the surrounding forest. We got a map from the Forest Retreat. Emily likes being able to walk (or go on our shoulders) rather than being in the pushchair so we picked the easiest, shortest walk which only had a gradual incline making it suitable for both the girls. Freyja loves “reading the map” so was keen to let us know which was to go – essentially just following the path round the ancient millpond.
Our most surprising find was a little den. Freyja decided it was a “Gruffalo Cave” – we didn’t linger for long in case a Gruffalo appeared!
A little stream ran into the millpond, and with our walk being circular, there was a point when we needed to cross this via a little wooden bridge.
I was really struck by the sheer diversity of plant life. Plants of all sizes. We had spent a lot of time looking down, spotting the flowering plants on the forest floors, but it was worth pausing and gazing upwards at the towering giants making up the majority of the forest. Walking through these massive, ancient trees was really humbling. Compared to them I was so much smaller and younger than them, yet with their huge size and longer time on this planet, it is up to us as human beings to preserve them. The forest was so quiet – apart from the noise of birdsong – we passed two people walking a dog going in the opposite direction, but that was it.
The weather hadn’t been great during our long weekend, and we had taken the first opportunity for a break in the rain to go on a walk, so it was almost inevitable that at the halfway point it started to rain.
The girls weren’t that bothered by the rain, and of course rain means one of their favourite things – puddles. They were in waterproofs, with wellies so went straight into the puddles, splashing around. Freyja kept running ahead and then calling back to Emily to let her know when she had found a good puddle. The prospect of a better puddle was really the only thing that would get Emily out of the current puddle!
Their shared love of puddles brings out the best in the girls, and Freyja was treated to an impromptu hug from her little sister. From then onwards they continued, hand-in-hand, towards the Forest Retreat.
At the café we made the most of getting in from the wet weather with lunch, a hot drink and (for Emily) a nap!
So all-in-all, we had a fantastic holiday. I felt we had a bit of luxury with our cabin (if you have read my previous posts you will know about the hot tub!) and yet feeling “close to nature” with the proximity of the forest. I would definitely have another Forest Holiday in the future and as much as I loved Deerpark, I would be tempted to try one of the other eight locations.
Disclaimer: We were given a discount off our Forest Holiday in exchange for a fair and honest review