Little Miss A and I have been staying with my parents this weekend and we decided to have an afternoon out.
I'd recently seen something about a Sculpture Trail at Stanwick Lakes which looked interesting. When I asked my Mum where the Lakes were in relation to her, she said about 15 minutes away so they seemed like the ideal choice.
We arrived about midday and the wardens were directing cars into the overflow car park so it was already busy. We parked up and set off in the direction of the playground. Within minutes Little Miss A was straight on to the biggest climbing frame! We lost count of the number of times she went round and down the slide!
Whilst she was busy, my Dad went to the Visitors Centre to get a map and eventually we managed to persuade Little Miss A to come off the climbing frame so we could go for a walk.
There are a few sculptures to spot in the playground but the main Sculpture Trail goes round the Lake in front of the Visitors Centre. It was just the right distance for Little Miss A to walk round herself and the Sculptures dotted along the path added interest for her.
I think her favourite was the owl but I liked the frogs which were decorated by local schools and youth organisations. It was fun finding the frog hidden in the tunnel of trees. Little Miss A did a few circuits through the tunnel!
It was a really hot day so we all needed an ice cream to cool us down after the walk. Then Little Miss A was off again in to the playground. I took her to some of the other climbing frames but her favourite was definitely the biggest one!
I ummed and aahed about letting Little Miss A loose in the water play area, but in the end thought, why not, it's only sand and water! So I got her changed into her swimming stuff and she had fun cooling off a bit. There are lots of water wheels, chutes and troughs. Little Miss A got inside one of the troughs and had a really good splash!
If you're visiting it's worth taking swimming stuff (which will end up pretty mucky from the brown water) and also a bucket & spade as there is lots of sand to play in.
We only covered a small part of this 750 acre Nature Reserve and just walked round one of the many lakes. There is an indoor play area, an Adventure Trail, an Iron Age Roundhouse, Bird Hides and an Assault Course. There are cycle paths so you can take your own bikes or hire bikes on-site. Dogs are allowed but have to be kept on the lead.
There are no charges for using the facilities at the Lakes but car parking charges apply and vary depending on the time of year. As it's the school holidays parking was £3.50 for up to 2 hours; £4.50 for up to 3 hours; and £5.50 for over 3 hours.
With so much more to explore we'll be visiting again some time soon on another visit to Little Miss A's Nana and Pops!
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