Woodland Walks searching for Ghosts and Goblins

April 26, 2013Morrison

Let’s talk about Woodland Walks! Trying to find an activity which all the children enjoy can be a challenge, but all our children really enjoy going for a walk in the woods, with the right clothing, at almost  anytime of the year. Most of the UK has Woods, Forests or Country Parks close by and its a really good way to spend some time with the kids outdoors, its fun, educational and mostly costs nothing!

Neva, kaide and Lochlan smiling on their woodland walk
All smiles on Woodland Walks

For the Boys (Followed enthusiastically by Eowyn) its sticks, which make useful swords and bows to seek out and chase away the Ghosts and Goblins which lurk behind every tree, and hide from Crows (Dastardly Spies of some evil Sorcerer!) which can easily be found on any woodland walk, and you will probably end up with a car full of them, the more robust sticks (like mini tree trunks) have survived the test of time.

Eown loves collecting giant sticks on woodland walks
Eowyn with Stick (Giant Spear)

We have a wonderful collection of sticks in our Garden that have returned from Woodland Walks and occasionally holidays, we have have cherished sticks that are elevated to the status of having names carved into them, Lochlan still has a stick (Wizard Staff) from a Holiday in 2005, although we have to be careful that the puppy doesn’t find them!

Xene and Lochlan going deeper into the trees on woodland walks
Descent in to Darkness

For Xene its a chance to play with the younger ones, and for Tyrus, the thrill of now being able to walk, he is now walking  reasonably well, this  allows him to charge off, to his screams of Go Go Go, which he has adopted as his personal running speak.

The collection of pine cones and acorns is essential, particularly the magic ones, our car boot is full of these special treasures.

Eowyn, Kaide and Lochlan navigating puddles on a wet woodland walk
After Heavy Rain, it can get quite challenging

It’s an all year round activity, but it can be pretty unpleasant in the rain, its a better experience in the dry, However if it snows, the woods are transformed into an arctic landscape.

A snow trip with sledges to the woods is great fun, its a good workout pulling 3 children on a sledge and having a fourth on your shoulders,

Woodland walks can be taken in all weathers especially the snow when accompanied by a sledge
Lochlan gives dad a break and pulls the sledge

All wrapped up warm, with a big flask of tea and chocolate, a walk through woods in fresh snow is fantastic, and reminiscent of the early chapters of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Woodland walks can also be woodland sedge rides
Kaide has a go at pulling Neva

Its also great for wildlife spotting as they are easier to see with the white backdrop of snow and the children can disappear on mini quests following  tracks in the snow, sometimes rabbit and deer, but on occasion when imagination takes them some wild and mystical creature.

For the slightly braver a walk at dusk, with torches can also be fun, as the light begins to fade the torches come out, including a couple strapped to  the pram, its great fun but make sure you are familiar with the woods, being lost in the dark with Children is probably not the experience you are looking for, and when its dark don’t try and play Ghost and Goblin spotting, it’s a bit too much for the young ones!

If you have a family that love the outdoors and climbing trees, check out BeWILDerwood in Norfolk for a fantastic day out.

Tips on Woodland Walks

  • Prams with Big Wheels are usually OK in Dry Weather, but consider purchasing a baby Backpack.
  • Check the Weather, its OK in the rain, but better dry
  • Cold Drinks and Biscuits in Summer, Hot Drinks and Chocolate in Winter
  • Let the Children Pack their own Rucksacks
  • Encourage imagination to run, its great fun.
  • They will get muddy, take spare clothes

Tips from the Children

  •  Make sure you take a sledge if it snows (Kaide 7)
  • It’s good for finding sticks (Eowyn 4)

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One of the best places to take seven children that won't cost a penny is to the local woods or country park, no matter what season of the year, a walk in the woods can provide an amazing day out, why not take along a picnic and spend the day, click through to find out our favourite activities to do.

 

 

Comments (1)

  • Louise

    April 27, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    We have bought an annual pass to our local country park this year as it is great for the kids to get outside, and they have lots of events on too that you can go to.

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