Having fun and a day out does not have to cost a lot of money a few months ago. When it was a little bit cooler we decided that we was going to visit Dalby Forest. This is not a place which I have been previously despite the fact that it is only just over an hour away. As many of you may know Jess is such an outside child and would rather be having fun that stuck inside. Even in the winter she loves nothing more than putting on her coat and getting out. So when we suggested a walk in the woods she loved the idea.
We decided that we was going to do of the trail walks. I think we actually choose on the the 3km routes because we knew that it was not going to be far for Jess. There was stages were she did get bored but I think this due to fighting a nap. Something which she has loved to do since the turn of the year. We did not actually want to carry her because two years old are heavy. Not something which you want to be carrying for a while.
We found a way to get her walking was to pick out a stick from the side and ride it like a horse. This is something which we loved to do because Jess was giggling her head of which is always amazing to hear. She even made us each have a stick which was like been a child again.
As you can see the views which you get to walk around are very pretty. I would recommend wearing clothes which you do not mind getting muddy after all clothing do wash. If we are lucky it should start be able to dry up and getting walking should be a lot easier. I think it cost us £4 to park all day however, I think it is March which it does change to £8 which is still cheap.
When the weather comes warmer and drier it would be a great place to be able to take the bikes. I know this is something which when Jess does get her next size balance bike I will be doing. It is very easy to put the bike in the car and have hours of fun. As an adult you can hire bikes so you do not have the inconvenience of having to transport your own bikes.
Of course, this is going to be a very great place for me to do some of the training. I am going to need to complete in order to do my 100km walk in the summer. I know that when I have finished my uni work we will be spending some of the weekends there. It will allow me to get to grips with the equipment which I will be carrying on my walk.
A good way to be able to keep the children entertained is the fact that they do have activity trails. Last year I know it was the Gruffolo which is something Jess is obsessed with. This year is the Highway rat which I am unsure if this is something which she has read. I am sure it will be something which she would love exploring. I think it costs £3 per family. It would be a good couple of hours out in the fresh air as it is 1.5km with little legs it could be longer.
There is also an amazing play park which your child can burn a lot of the energy of at. This is for sure something which Jess needs to do. I think she spent about an hour in the park which was fun even though it was very cold. Hopefully when we go next we find it a bit more warmer but we did manage to get a really nice hot drink. They do sell food which did not seem to expensive. However, we did treat Jess to a picnic because this is something which she always seems to enjoy. I think maybe in the summer we might do a bbq because you can take them disposables ones as well.
I for sure know this is going to be a place where we are going I be revisiting again this year. When the weather does become a little bit better. Who doesn’t want to be able to get out walking which keeps you fit and healthy. No doubt because she is obsessed with bubbles and footballs these are things which we will be taking.
I would recommend taking a picnic because I can imaging that it is going to be a bit of a wait for food when it is busy. Plus it does mean you can stop where you want and have food which is an advantage. For £10 you can have a lot of fun and fresh air there is also a go ape there which could be fun if you fancy that.
Have you been to Dalby Forest?