The beautiful warm sunshine has gone. Today started grey and a bit damp. Not too bad we thought, and we decided to explore the Nature Trail. As the morning went on, the rain set in and got heavier. And heavier 🙁
We still decided to ‘do’ the Nature Trail, as the weather forecast was the same for tomorrow too.
We saw the trail on the map, and headed to The Lake, where we were going to start. Luckily we had our new Britax Smile Pushchair with us, which has suspension, rear air tyres and a great fitting raincover! I was also kitted out in my Muddy Puddles outdoor suit – thank goodness! We. Got. WET! Very wet!
WARNING – There are LOADS of photos!
We loved this sign that Nana had her photo taken by – ‘Respect your Elders’! Trees? or Nanas?
We took the Green Trail, there is a Red One too. It is quite pushchair friendly, but very bumpy and stoney under foot. It was also VERY muddy – but it had been raining solidly all day. The trail path goes alongside a stream, and is very pretty.
We arrived at a very welcome Camp Smokey, it was dry and roomy, but because of its design, there is no heating. There is a log burner, but we felt no heat from it!
Lea and Luke couldn’t wait to toast marshmallows over the outside fire pit, and Mummy ordered some Smorgs ( I think that was their name) which was marshmallow toasted and melted between two chocolate digestive biscuits, with cream! I didn’t have any, but the others all said YUM!
There is tea, ordinary coffee and hot chocolate, and cold drinks too.
It didn’t stop raining, so we set off again, using The Boardwalk up to the Adventure Centre. NOTE – at the top of the Boardwalk, turn right to get to the Adventure Centre, then left along the hedge. You pass Tournament Field. It is a bit of an exposed walk.
We imagine Camp Smokey in the better weather would be amazing. The Nature Trail was great fun – so many muddy puddles! Rain or shine, you must do it!