There’s no point in pretending otherwise … the summer was dreadful. But it’s time to get over it and move on because we are now in Amazing Autumn!
This is the perfect season for a Woodland Walk to enjoy some autumn colour and a bit of leaf kicking.
Youngest son Victor and I treated ourselves to a beautiful morning in our local woods the other day and had a truly special time together against a stunning backdrop of gold, orange and burnished brown (those of you with a particularly sentimental streak might like to skip over to the Hahahopscotch Facebook page and wallow in a pic of Victor and his hearing aid enjoying the sound of leaves rustling).
We’re super-fortunate to have some gorgeous leafy hotspots in our corner of London, but in other parts of the country you might like to visit these woods and woodland gardens:
- New Forest, Hampshire
- Epping Forest, London/Essex
- Sandringham, Norfolk
- Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
- Delamere Forest, Northwich, Cheshire
- Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
- Ardkinglas Woodland Garden, Argyll, Scotland
And what can you do when you’re there? Hahahopscotch likes to:
1) Gather autumn leaves to thread onto string for a seasonal decoration
2) “En garde”! Find a couple of sticks and have a fencing dual to the death (not really, obviously, we love you all – be safe!)
3) Poke around under a log or two – oooh spiders!
4) See who can find the muddiest bit of path and get across it without disaster
5) Build a den – ram 2 long sticks into the ground to kiss at the top in a triangle shape, and then do the same with 2 others a few feet away. Link the triangles with one long stick resting on the tips of each. Lean lots of other sticks against your structure … Bob’s Your Uncle!
And remember … there are DEFINITELY goblins hiding in the tree trunks.
(Btw, for the BEST woodland fun website ever, visit http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk/