Nature adventures, creative play outdoors – Salcey forest.

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Hello, Hope you are all enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather! I’ve been quiet cause we certainly have. Slightly different blog as we haven’t been that created indoors for a while. Along side being creative in all we do, we love nothing more than having adventures outdoors and enjoying all it has to offer! So that is exactly how we have been spending the last few week-ends doing. A spontaneous visit to the beach led to rock pool exploring, digging and Frisbee flying. Whilst our youngest is determined to be stabilizer free by the end of the year – so theirs also been plenty of bike riding to.

This bank holiday week-end we visited Salcey forest (if your local or in the area I highly recommend it and its free!) We had such a fab time and felt it was worthy of a review that might interest others (this is a personal review based on our own experience on the day we visited and has no link to Salcey Forest).

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The facts for those who want to visit:

Free to enter (making it an almost free family day out).

Parking: £1.50 for 1 Hour or £4 for All-day (we did this you would struggle on just 1 hour).

There is a forest café (We did not visit so cannot comment).

A Toilet block near the car park – Here you will find a map of the walks.

A play area – Is great despite being small, however definitely aimed at the more able or older children, pre-schoolers may struggle. (our 5-year-old and  7-year-old coped well with it but both are very able and experienced with parks). Under 5 will definitely need a hand/ supervision. It’s not a park where you can sit easily on a bench (though there are plenty about) and watch from a far. 

   Salcey forest is 7 miles from the centre of Northampton (Hartwell road, Hartwell) and it is owed/run by the forestry commission, England. It was a perfect family day out especially as free apart from the parking, the boys had lots of great kid adventures, climbing trees, balancing on logs, getting muddy and skimming rocks. The forest is excellent for all ages, abilities and walking with or without bikes, scooters and dogs. There are several different types of walks (All well signed posted) to choose from on a map all starting near the car park. We chose the ‘Treetop walk’ which included the ‘Tree top way’ it took us approx 1 hour – we did a lot of stopping and exploring along the wayIMG_0569.JPG.

   The walkway is accessible for wheelchairs and buggies with a slight gradient. For those who may need it there are resting points along the way. Dogs are allowed on the walkway but need to remain on leads. The walk consists of a specific walking track – ‘Tree top way’ which rises to 15 metres above the woodland floor with a crow’s nest platform at 20 metres (The crow nest part is reached by steps). At the top you are greeted with a bird’s eye view across Salcey forest. The walkway does wobble and bounce but it has been designed to do this, due to the way it was built. So if you’re in the area and haven’t been worth a walk!

emmas xxx

 

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