As we woke up on Bank Holiday Monday, we decided we would take a trip to our favourite woods, Moors Valley Park. The weather was a little drizzly and cold, but we consider ourselves prepared for all weather conditions. Armed with pac a macs, wellies and a small picnic, we piled into the car and sang during our journey to the woods. Moors Valley Park is fast becoming somewhere lots of happy days are spent. With plenty to see and do, several play areas and lots of trees to climb, there is something for everyone.
As we arrived we decided to head straight for a picnic bench for lunch. Directly opposite our bench was a great big tree trunk crafted into a mini adventure. It had steps to the top and was carved out in the middle and caused both M’s and my eyes to light up. The bum shuffling started straight away as M pointed at the tree. We both wolfed our food down and ran over.
As we approached I could tell it was quite high for M to climb on his own, but I wondered if he would attempt the climb as he’s quite an adventurous little man. “Do you think you could climb that?” I asked M, he looked at me and without hesitation he said “yes Mama” and shot up the carved out steps. He got to a point where his wellies couldn’t grip the smooth surface and ended up launching himself into my arms.
We wandered to the other side of the trunk and decided it was a job for two. I took his hands and up we climbed, at the top he got so excited. We carefully walked as far as we could manage before he jumped back down into Mummy’s arms. Next we all climbed through the tree, laughing as M’s welly fell off. I was having so much fun I ended up laughing for ages.
Once we felt we’d climbed the tree in every way possible, we headed to the play area to climb some more. Cargo nets were scaled, slides were slid down and sand filled our shoes. As parents stood by and watched, the play area became an adventure land for the three of us. M’s started using a new sentence which fills our hearts with glee and as we scaled another piece of playground equipment he looked at us both and smiled “Mama, Mummy and me”.
Just as we prepared to leave the play area the rain clouds rolled in. Big fat rain drops threatened to spoil our fun, but as I said, we are prepared for all weathers. Our solution for a downpour was to head inside and order two hot chocolates, a babychino and a chocolate brownie for 3.