The Superworm Trail at Wendover Woods

30th September 2015

Back on a freezing cold day in January, we went to Wendover Woods in Buckinghamshire to do the Gruffalo’s Child trail and, on a decidedly warmer, August day we went back to do the Superworm version.

Organised by the Forestry Commission, the self-led trail is based around Julia Donaldson and Axel Shleffler’s book, using illustrations and verses from the story to guide you round.

We did purchase an Activity Pack from the cafe this time. The pack contains a mini Superworm book, stickers, a trail leaflet and string to make your very own Superworm hero. Seren didn’t give the pack much attention while we were at the woods but it did come in useful on the journey home.

Our little ones (two 3 year olds and two 1 year olds) didn’t follow every activity but the older ones excitedly ran from clue from clue. We read out the main words to them and encouraged them to recognise letters and numbers. They enjoyed pretending to be super heroes and also making scary faces, along with finding sticks and looking for ants.

Wendover has a den-building area, not specifically part of the Superworm trail but on the route, and all of the kids enjoyed exploring that. We stopped for some cookies bought from the cafe to give us the energy to complete the trail (we had had lunch there as soon as we arrived, lovely food).

As with the Gruffalo’s Child trail, I found the end of it a bit lacklustre – I think it could benefit from a more impressive finale. Wendover does have a huge, permanent wooden Gruffalo however, just by the end of the trail, which diverted their attention. 

It took us around 90 minutes to do the trail, with time to stop and play. At the end we spent some time in the playground too.

You can find a Superworm trail at woodland across England until the 31st October 2015. The trail, combined with searching for autumn woodland ‘treasure”, is a lovely October day out.

The trail is free to do though we did opt to buy an Activity Pack (I think this about £3.50) and we paid to park at Wendover. 

Related posts – The Gruffalo’s Child Trail + The Gruffalo Live 

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  • Reply Helena 6th October 2015 at 6:34 pm

    This looks like a great activity for little ones. I wonder whether it will be there in years to come. #triedandtested
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