For our nature walk, we followed to trail left, past the cafe and play area until we reached the steps. This part of the walk was a perfect spot for woodland detective’s adventures. Climbing the steps (about 20), we turned right, over the bridge, heading towards the village – take a good look at the direction the river is flowing (more on this later!)
After the bridge, there are two options – for a slightly longer walk, and a delightful country hedgerow adventure, continue straight on and take the second left (the road after the river). Follow this up, exploring as you go, then return and follow the green ‘public footpath’ sign down a narrow lane towards the river.
Turn right along the river path and enjoy a lovely riverside adventure. Here, the river bank is so inviting, it is excellent for an impromptu picnic before continuing our nature walk.
After the first gate / stile, get ready for the most amazing meadow detective’s adventure! Here, you will find magnificent oak trees, meadow flowers, bees and butterflies – hundreds of butterflies! We followed this path as far as the next gate along, by which point our Little Explore had fallen asleep on her baba’s shoulders. So, we decided to turn back. But in total, coming and going at the little one’s pace and stopping for a picnic, it took us about 2.5 hours.