Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Exploring Brockholes ǀ #WalkWithWynsors
Over the weekend we were invited to Brockholes to join in with an event being hosted by Wynsors World of Shoes. Brockholes has long been one of our favourite outdoor spaces and we were thrilled to be asked along. A morning spent outside, letting the kids burn off energy? We don't need to be asked twice!
Meg and Eli were sent some Bogs wellies for the event and they were both very excited to give them a whirl and test them out, especially in the run up to Autumn and Winter when they will practically live in them. We love being outdoors as a family which I think any regular reader will know and the more grim the weather, the more the kids seem to enjoy it! Living somewhere coastal we don't stop visiting the beach or the surrounding woodland just because the sun has vanished so wellies always come in handy.
When we arrived, the sky was grey and the rain was hammering down...but Meg and Eli were bouncing around with excitement and couldn't wait to get going.
First we met up with some other lovely bloggers who were also going to be joining in the event and then we set out, led by Terry, one of the volunteers who works at Brockholes and regularly leads walks around the nature reserve. The kids were armed with some snack packs which they couldn't wait to tuck into (we barely made it up the first stretch of path!) and then we were off.
For this particular walk we were following the Meadow Trail which was 1 and a half miles long and took us through some fields, past the River Ribble and then back round to the playground and the Visitor Centre. This was mostly flat, grassy paths which were fine for children and pushchairs although it was a little bumpy at points.
It took us about an hour and half to walk around and I thought it was just about long enough for the legs of the little people we had with us although we've explored a lot of Brockholes during our other visits and there is plenty to see if you can walk for longer.
Even though it remained overcast it was a really enjoyable walk, with plenty of wildlife for the kids to spot from slimy slugs nestling in the grass to a crane swooping over the water. Eli even made himself a little friend; and he affectionately named it Thomas!
Just as we arrived at the adventure playground the sun decided to make an appearance which was very welcome indeed. I love the playground area here; there is plenty of space for kids to run around and burn off all that energy, as well as different areas for different abilities. Meg and Eli certainly had lots of fun racing about.
Then it was back to the Visitor Centre where a lovely lunch had been arranged. After the brisk outdoor weather it was nice to enjoy some warming food and a good cup of tea whilst the children scoffed down the contents of their lunch boxes before being raring to go again. Except for Eli...who decided to have a little lie down to let his lunch settle!
Overall we had a really enjoyable morning, exploring a part of Brockholes we've never seen before and even though the weather wasn't perfect, it was still a great opportunity to get outside and explore.
A huge thank you to Wynsors World of Shoes, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Bogs Wellies and Brockholes Nature Reserve for hosting a lovely day out for us all.
We were provided with Bogs wellies FOC for the purpose of this event. All thoughts and opinions are our own.