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The Gruffalo’s Child Trail at Wendover Woods

16th January 2015

gruffalo's child trail wendover woodsHot on the heels of our theatre trip to see The Gruffalo’s Child at the Arts Depot, we braved the freezing temperatures last Sunday to find the Gruffalo in Wendover Woods in the Chilterns. The Forestry Commission have been helping to celebrate the Gruffalo’s 15th birthday by staging a range of activities. 24 forests across the country are hosting self-led Gruffalo’s Child activity trails featuring Gruffalo-themed fun activities to do along the way, from nest building to quizzes and learning about the forest. 15 forests, including Wendover, also have a giant wooden Gruffalo sculpture to find too!

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We had actually planned to go on Saturday but after checking the website we found out that the woods were closed due to the strong winds! Good job we checked. The winds had calmed by Sunday and the sun was shining beautifully despite the chill. I think that everyone who had wanted to go on Saturday came on Sunday too – the car parks were full by the time we got there at 11am though we managed to park OK at the side of the woodland road. I popped into the cafe to buy the Gruffalo’s Trail pack as described on their website but unfortunately they didn’t have any left. The very helpful cafe guy said that the Woodland Trust had stopped producing them now but the trail was easy to navigate without a pack and he even came out of the – very busy – cafe to point me in the right direction. He was right, the trail was very easy to follow and we could still take part in the little quizzes and tasks along the way which provided ample excitement for our 3 year old (and me).

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We bought the book along with us too and enjoyed reading it on the way and when we sat down for a break. After the mandatory loo visits (still trying to get Seren to buy into the concept of going anyway whether you need it or not…) we set off. We used the buggy and buggy board to do the trail and found the terrain fine (if you don’t mind getting muddy!).

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We didn’t get very far before Imogen declared she was very, very upset about something and after realising the time we stopped to feed her. Which meant Seren wanted a snack too. Which meant that she might as well have lunch. Which meant we should all have an early lunch. Before we set off again we found a ‘Stick Man’ to accompany us on our hunt which Seren was thrilled with. He’s come home with us too and takes pride of place on Seren’s shelf next to her bridesmaid wand.

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We continued round the path, stopping to read the signs and play the little games and eventually finding the mouse, owl, snake and fox!

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We didn’t do any of the foraging or building type activities but read all the panels and did the little quizzes on them. Just after the fox there is a den building area (not part of the trail) that looked very cool but Seren was a bit too cold to muster the enthusiasm to get involved in this. One for the summer perhaps.

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She soon cheered up when we found the Gruffalo’s Child – hurrah!

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Then she was almost a little scared when, lastly, we found the Gruffalo! She made daddy go with her to give the Gruffalo a big hug.

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Then we admired the view over the Chilterns before heading back to the start of the trail and back to the car to defrost.The trail took us around an hour including stopping for lunch and walking slowly.

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Find out more about the Gruffalo’s Child Trails and giant Gruffalo sculptures.

Wendover Woods also has a children’s play area, cafe and a branch of Go Ape! Parking is Pay & Display.

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17 Comments

  • Reply Mummy Fever 22nd January 2015 at 9:36 am

    Great photos – we have one near us as well in Delamere Forest.So much fun !

    • Reply littlestarandme 22nd January 2015 at 10:48 am

      Thank you! I know Delamere Forest – how lovely!

  • Reply Katy (What Katy Said) 22nd January 2015 at 10:13 am

    Ah we went to Wendover woods a few weeks ago! So much fun, We had a little play in those dens!
    #BrillBlogPosts

    • Reply littlestarandme 22nd January 2015 at 10:48 am

      Ah wonderful! We need to go back when its a bit warmer to make the most of the dens!

  • Reply Katrina Chambers 22nd January 2015 at 1:27 pm

    That looks fab, my 3 year old is enjoying the Gruffalo’s Child too, so must look and see if they do this at a wood near to me, although Wendover is not terribly far from me.
    Thanks
    Kat x #Brilliantblogposts

  • Reply thereadingresidence 22nd January 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Oh, we love these trails, too! Such a lovely way to make a greater adventure out of having a walk. Lovely photos, and well done for braving the cold!

  • Reply Emma T (@ETusty) 22nd January 2015 at 9:01 pm

    We went to the one at Wendover too. Really great trail, N loved the den bit although just wanted to find sticks rather than actually make a den, Shame it was so busy in the cafe, playground and just generally really #brilliantblogposts

    • Reply littlestarandme 23rd January 2015 at 8:59 am

      We definitely need to go back and do the den bit. Seren was too cold to get into it by that point! Despite it being freezing the cafe and car park were rammed (though the queue in the cafe went down very quickly) though the trail was quiet.

  • Reply Tim 22nd January 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Looks fab – great photos too!

    • Reply littlestarandme 23rd January 2015 at 8:58 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply martyn 23rd January 2015 at 9:22 am

    What a fantastic day. Some wonderful pictures. We adore all things Gruffalo. Must do this!!

  • Reply HonestMum 23rd January 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Oh what fun! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

    • Reply littlestarandme 25th January 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you! Love discovering all the other brilliant blog posts, it’s a great link up.

  • Reply The DADventurer 23rd January 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Looks like you had a great time – Wendover Woods isn’t too far away from where we live and it’s really nice for a wander around 🙂

    • Reply littlestarandme 23rd January 2015 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you! Ah that is nice – it’s a lovely area! I want to go back over that way for the Roald Dahl Museum.

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