A bit of a distance from us at about an hour and a half each way, we decided to visit with the kids to complete the Superworm trail, inspired by the book by Julia Donaldson. Superworm is a favourite of my kids and we were unfortunate enough to miss the Gruffalo trail so when we spotted this we didn’t hesitate. As usual we took a picnic and had lunch in the rain when we got there. After lunch we headed to the visitor centre and gift shop to get our trail packs.
Straight after we headed out on the trail walking underneath the high bridges of Go Ape. Following the river through the forest we came across the first Superworm marker. Using the story it gave information about different animals and trees within the forest and got the kids to do some exercises and activities from the Superworm book. It led to a lot of laughs and very giddy kids. The walk continued along the river heading out along the edge of the trail. On the way back we decided to take a detour along the sculpture trail. Scrambling up steep paths and rocks and climbing a mountain of stairs eventually led us to a road where we started to spot some of the sculptures. The views from the road were incredible but the kids (understandabley) started getting tired so we headed back to the main visitor
centre. As we were coming off the trail, the kids had a sudden burst of energy (if I was being cynical, I would have said it might have had something to do with the massive playground). They played for about an hour while my husband and I had a brew. Then we headed back where for once, the kids slept in the car, proof of a fun, active day for all of us.
Fun had (according to the kids): A billion/10
Tantrum level: A brief tantrum before the playground was spotted 4/10.
Worth it: Overall yes, I thought that the activity packs were lacking a little bit, I think most of the cost goes on the book which the kids already have a copy of (which is why we came to Grizedale for the trail). A badge or something would have been nice or something to fill out along the way but I’m not complaining as the kids loved the activities and spotting the next Superworm board.
Worth knowing: The Superworm trail is on from 13th March to 31st October. No booking is required just collect your Superworm trail pack from the visitor centre. The trail is 0.75 miles so very easy on little legs and suitable for prams if I remember rightly.
50 things achievements: You could tick off loads of these here, 11. Go on a really long bike ride, 19. Play pooh sticks, 22. Explore inside a tree, 28. Climb a huge hill, 45. Find your way with a map and a compass.
Cost: Free to enter Grizedale, parking charges apply. Superworm trail pack is £3.50 and includes a tree identification guide, trail leaflet, string and a copy of Superworm.