Cadbury Camp is the site of an Iron Age fort found just off the M5, near Tickenham in Somerset and was the perfect spot for us to break up our journey from Birmingham down to Minehead whilst on holiday last month. Whilst the girls both cope quite well with long car journeys – it’s always good to be able to get out and stretch our legs for a while – especially when there’s somewhere interesting to explore!
The nearest place to park to visit Cadbury Camp is Tickenham village hall and there are a couple of walking routes signposted there (and also available on the National Trust website for Cadbury Camp). We decided to follow the two-mile ramble route, which was two miles long, and looked more manageable for little legs than the slightly longer climb.
The first part of the walk was along the main road, before we turned off on to the bridleway and headed up the hill. Jessica was quite disgusted when she spotted the horse poo on the path – “Mummy, horses shouldn’t poo on the path!” – cue explanations that animals don’t have toilets and that horse poo is quite good for helping things to grow!
It had been raining earlier in the day so the girls were in puddle suits and wellies but soon got too hot as the sun came out and so we tied the top half around their waists.
Knowing that two miles up and down a hill was probably a bit far for the girls to walk, we made sure that we had the toddler carrier with us – especially as we suspected the walk would be unsuitable for buggies (which turned out to be the case). While Sophie was quite happy to climb, Jessica got tired quite quickly and I ended up carrying her part of the way up the hill. We walked past the golf course which Jessica was fascinated by (“Mummy why are there balls on the mountain?”) and hunted for mini beasts in all the plant life at the side of the path, spotting ladybirds and beetles along the way.
Once up the top of the hill, we stopped to get our breath back for a moment before exploring the mounds from the fort and admiring the views across the hills and out to sea. Both the girls loved running about in the long grass and Jessica had fun trying to roll down the sides of the mound.
The view was even better as we made the climb down the hill which was quite steep. This time it was Sophie’s turn to be carried on my back while Jessica managed to walk most of the way down (with a short ride on Daddy’s shoulders).
It was the perfect way to break up the journey and all four of us felt much better for some fresh air and a nice long walk. It was quite a long walk for little legs but both the girls coped very well with it (plus it tired them out nicely so they both slept through most of the journey to Minehead!) It was just a shame that we didn’t have a bit more time to explore (and if we’d been organised enough to bring a picnic with us, that would have made it better still!)