I was given my Christmas present off Bob early, a new camera! So, naturally I was desperate to try it out. At this time of year, where better to try it out than a forest or woods, all of those lovely Autumnal colours. Our local forest is Grizedale, a gorgeous place right in the Lake District, managed by the Forestry Commission. Unfortunately, I can’t walk too far at the minute, but I wanted to walk a little and thought the kids would enjoy the fantastic play area there.
We packed a picnic and set off. After taking a longer route, we eventually arrived and I got my camera straight out. We decided to follow the yellow path which is about .75miles, and follows the river through the woods. The kids enjoyed all the fallen leaves and watching everybody at the Go Ape tree top adventure, and I got to play with my new toy. Bliss! Or at least it sould have been. Unfortunately this being the last day of the half term, Tom was being hyperactive, which means he was ignoring what we were saying and answering back. It’s frustrating but also to be expected (not an excuse). Anyway we wandered along (sort of) happily stopping to watch people on the zip wires and look at the sculptures. Grizedale is a bit like a natural art gallery. The collection of sculptures is varied and beautiful and always at home in the forest. There is even a sculpture trail that you can follow. We even found a very established den, but the smell of slightly rotting, damp leaves was too much for their little noses!
We headed down to the play area where we ate lunch, before the kids ran off to play.
Now is the time to get out and do a bit of forest bathing and exploring while all the leaves off their finest colours, before they all fall off and Winter sets in. If you aren’t sure where you nearest woods or forests are you can use the Woodland Trusts find a wood search, or the Forestry Commissions find a forest search.