The Gruffalo Trail in Wendover Woods

Monday, 23 June 2014

There's no such thing as a Gruffalo! Or is there!?!

Today we took a stroll through the deep dark wood! Well, Wendover Woods to be more precise. We were on the hunt to find the illusive Gruffalo!

We've been reading the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler to Little Miss A for a little while now. Though Little Miss A and I did do the trail a few months ago, that was before the giant Gruffalo sculpture had arrived. This was unveiled as part of the 15th Anniversary celebrations on 7th June.

The trail is clearly set out on a marked path. The path is mostly flat which means it is possible to take a sturdy buggy around if you need to. I had our pushchair but Little Miss A walked most of the trail by herself, with just a few tumbles here and there. Be prepared for puddles and mud if it has been raining though. We were ok as the weather has been so dry recently. 

We took a copy of the book along with us so that I could read extracts as we went along and I thought it would help as Little Miss A could relate the pictures she's familiar with in the book to the characters on the boards.

As you make your way along the trail, there are lots of boards with suggestions of Gruffalo themed activities to try out. For example, creating a piece of Gruffalo ground art or making movements like the animals in the story.

Little Miss A is still too young for the activities, but that didn't stop her hunting high and low for the Gruffalo!

You have to keep your eyes peeled for the animals as you make your way along the trail and then of course, as you near the end, there's every chance you'll encounter the Gruffalo himself!

I couldn't actually get Little Miss A to stand next to the Gruffalo. She just kept running away or around him! 

We did get photobombed by the Gruffalo though!!

There are Gruffalo Trails in woods throughout the UK. The trail is in place until 30 September. Full details can be found on the Forestry Commission website. The Gruffalo himself is doing a tour and will be at Wendover Woods on Thursday 7th August.

If you've not been up to Wendover Woods, then be aware that there are car parking charges. There's a great children's playground, a den making area and a fantastic cafe that's well worth popping in to - Cafe in the Woods.

If you're familiar with the book then the Trail really is a great thing to do to bring the story to life. I heard one mother say to her child 'you've seen the Gruffalo three times already recently!' and I'm sure that this won't be our only encounter with the Gruffalo this summer!

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3 Responses to “The Gruffalo Trail in Wendover Woods”

  1. Lovely photos - looks and sounds like you had a lot of fun :-)

    1. Thanks liquoriceuk. We definitely enjoyed ourselves. Have you been on a Gruffalo Trail yet?

    2. Not yet but it's now on the list of things to do this summer!


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