We are very lucky to leave within an hour of a fantastic woodland area called Moors Valley Country Park. If you’re regular readers you will have read at least one post mentioning a visit. Moors Valley is a great place to spend the day and is home to many different permanent and temporary trails throughout the year. When M was small we walked the Stickman trail, last year we walked the Gruffalo Trail and this month we were invited to take the Superworm Trail.
The trail takes you round the gorgeous lake, situated a short walk from the car park and main visitors centre. You can walk round the trail for free, but if you wish to enjoy some extra activities, you can purchase a Superworm Trail pack for £3.50. Each activity pack includes a Superworm trail leaflet, some stickers, a mini Superworm story book and string to make your own Superworm, which we took home to make. The pack isn’t essential to enjoy the trail, if you have more than one child you could just purchase one if you were concerned with funds.
The trail is well sign posted and consists of little signs telling you which way to go and activity boards on logs. Each activity board, of which there are ten, share a little bit of the Superworm book and some suggestions of activities you can do at the activity station.
Some of the activities we tried were using our senses to listen to sounds around us, pretending to fish with sticks and looking for bugs and leaves. There are enough activities to keep your children involved for as long as the fun lasts. Having a young son still, each activity took no more than five minutes as M tends to get distracted easily. One of my favourite activities I watched him enjoy, was the super sense activity. He closed his eyes and excitedly told us he could hear a train and birds. It was great to see him get so involved in his surroundings at such a young age.
The activity boards are well spaced out and provided plenty of running space for the little dude. The whole route is wheelchair and pushchair friendly, but may tire out really small legs, so be warned, you may end up carrying your small child for the last 300 yards.
Due to how close the trail takes you to the lake, we were able to spot ducks and even see a swan nesting. Which opened up the topic of baby eggs with our little dude. He was very interested in how the egg became a swan.
Even though it was freezing the day we visited, we all enjoyed ourselves and are looking forward to revisiting the trail on a warmer day. Now that we have the Superworm book, we’ll make sure we’ve read it several times before we return.
The Superworm trail is open from March to September 2015 and is most suitable for children aged 3 to 7 years. Even though our little dude is 4 months off turning 3, he still really enjoyed the trail.
*We received our parking and trail pack free, for the purpose of this post. Though even if we hadn’t we would have still taken our little man.