Saturday, 1 December 2012

The Forest Beckons....

We have had some weird weather here recently, pouring rain, soggy ground, weird glowing skies, rumbles and flashes and even a mini earthquake apparently!! A few days ago the sun was shining and it was one of those lovely cold, crisp days,my favourite kind, so we got over to Grizedale for one of our planned walks which had been postponed about four times this month!
Going over Windermere on the car ferry - see the snow on the mountains....COLD!
  We decided we would break ourselves in gently and start with the shorter walks first so we chose the Millwood Trail, only about 1.5 miles under the Go Ape course.
Start of the trail

Go Ape - can you see someone way up there in the trees?!

 It was a lovely walk of contrasts, the adventure and occasional screaming (!) from the Go Ape course above our heads mixed with the quietness of the forest on a still cold day mixed with the sound of flowing water from the streams.  Just lovely! Once we left Go Ape behind us and headed up into the forest we met very few other people, the forest belonged to us for a couple of hours. We stopped at the top for some 'cowboy' lunch (baked beans and bacon- weird I know but the kids love it, and it's WARM!) and had great views down to the Visitors centre.      
Looking down over the visitors centre
High Street, Grizedale
A hedgehog?

Along the way we passed different sculptures, some hidden up little paths to discover.....

These wood markers show you where to explore..

Didn't know the name of this one, kind of like a half built shelter!


 Then it was down for hot chocolate and a play before we all got far too cold and headed home....

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