10 January 2015

There's No Such Thing As A Gruffalo...


As many children returned to school on Monday but the Mini Mes had a teacher training day, we decided to make the most of the beautiful empty woodland and check out the Gruffalo Trail.

Salcey is our most local forest and it's a lovely one too with a cafe, play area and a treetop walk to enjoy. With our discovery pass providing free car parking we like to call by as often as possible for some outdoor family fun. So, we popped the poochie in the car, as dogs are more than welcome, and we set off with our wellies to see what characters we could spot from the well loved story.




'A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood...'







And then we found the Gruffalo! 

'He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws....'
'He has knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose....'
'His eyes are orange, his tongue is black; he has purple prickles all over his back....'




Actually, he wasn't that scary afterall!

The walk was around a mile in length with interactive points to stop by at along the way. Little ones can have fun learning facts about wildlife or even make a meal for the Gruffalo from the sticks and leaves they find while walking.

Some forests have large wooden figures, as well as the cutouts we discovered, that look incredible but those are a little further afield from us and we didn't want to travel too far on this occasion - we will definitely head to one before the trails end in February however.





It was great to get outside despite the wet weather to burn off some unwanted Christmas calories and it was lovely to see the Mini Mes getting on so well together even if they ended up rather muddy!


Have you been on a Gruffalo trail yet?


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24 comments :

  1. My boys would have loved a Gruffalo trail when they were younger! Looks like you had a great time, lovely to be able to take advantage of a quiet day :) #countrykids

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  2. I love it. Our library a couple years ago did something similar with a book and my son loved it. #countrykids

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  3. We've done a couple of trails and thoroughly enjoyed them. I love woods and forests, so magical. And muddy boots are a sure sign of a good day I think :)

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  4. We're going to try out our local Gruffalo trail next weekend I think. Can't wait! #Countrykids

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  5. It looks like you had a great day hunting for the gruffalo. I think that a walk in the woods isn't complete without getting a little muddy. It's great that there's lots of activities throughout the walk, I bet the kids are really keen to have a got at each one as you walk around. It's great to see them having fun running around together. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

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  6. Love doing the gruffalo trails! Makes a walk through the woods a bit different.

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  7. I have been meaning on walking one of the this trail but theres nothing like this near us sadly. I am sure that my son would've love it as it looks really fun! #countrykids

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  8. Ooh, I love the Gruffalo! The Tot is just getting in to this sort of thing and would love running around to find the different characters. Great for tiring her out too! :) #CountryKids

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  9. We were really lucky to film our local Gruffalo Trail with BBC Countryfile last summer - it's a memory that will stay with Monkey and I forever #CountryKids

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  10. I've not been to salcey forest in a long time. I hope they still have the gruffolo trial on when Blake is old enough to understand.

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  11. I can recite the Gruffalo without the book these days, so would LOVE to do a Gruffalo trail with my girls as it looks like a fabulous day out.
    Found you through #Countrykids

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  12. This looks like a great winter activity, we have a Gruffalo trail not too far from us, we must go on it. #CountryKids

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  13. We've done the gruffalo trail but in cannock. My three loved it and looks like yours did too :)

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  14. This looks fab, we spent our Sunday in the woodland too but there was no Gruffalo trail, I'll have to seek one out x

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  15. We did the Gruffalo trail at Wendover. It was great fun.

    I love the way kids of all ages love puddles. #livingarrows

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  16. This is lovely, love the pictures. We did a faux Gruffalo trail through a local park last week, my little boy will be so excited when we attempt the real one at Grizedale (closest one for us). So nice to see them having such fun xxx #livingarrows

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  17. Ooh no we still haven't been yet and it looks so much fun! Are they ALL ending in Feb? Yikes must get a move on! x #whatsthestory

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  18. I love the Gruffalo stories, and was so pleased to see them on the tv again this Christmas!

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  19. Looks like great fun! We love the Gruffalo stories too! #livingarrows

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  20. It looks as though they had so much fun together, and you documented it brilliantly! Thank you for sharing.

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  21. Lovely photos- I bet it was peaceful if everyone else was back to school. It looks like a great day out.

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  22. I wish places like this had been available when i was kid. Looks like you all had a wonderful day out lovely. We're hoping to visit our nearest Gruffalo Trail when the weather improves so hope it's as good as yours! xxx #siblings

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  23. looks so fun, would love to take my girls on a trail

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  24. Hahahaha, love that one of them standing in the puddle. Cute! We have a Gruffalo trail near us and the kids absolutely love it, your one looks fab too. Thanks so much for linking up with Siblings. x

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