I do enjoy a good walk but getting my daughter similarly enthused isn’t always straightforward. Traditional walks for us grown ups often revolve around a stop at a recommended hostelry. Giving a child-friendly twist to the format, I decided to see if I could entice Tilly on a walk with a family friendly pub as the goal.
Months of being stuck inside are drawing to a close and we’ve been making use of our National Trust membership to rediscover nature with some fabulous days out.
We’ve finally started seeing some hot, summery weather and with family visiting have been looking for somewhere to go for fun that’s out of the heat. Woodland is excellent for keeping cool on warm days so I opted to take the family to Penn Wood, one of the largest woods near to us and somewhere I’ve enjoyed returning to over the past few years. The woods were an instant hit with Tilly, who set about running around the trees, throwing leaves around and generally having a ball.
Colder, wetter weather is limiting outdoor activities with the little ones but get the boots out and there’s simple fun to be had by squelching down a muddy path. I took Tilly out on a rare sunny afternoon to explore our nearby countryside and give her some much-needed walking practice.
If you go into the woods at Wendover, you’ll find no end of ways to experience nature. Located amongst some of the best of the Chilterns scenery, it’s 45 mins from London by train but otherwise a world away from the bustle of the city. A recent addition has been the Gruffalo and his friends, to mark the 15th anniversary of the book. A special themed trail takes fans of the book through a number of activities in the wood, however time is running out as the special trail closes at the end of September.