A sunny day at the start of half term seemed an ideal opportunity to head over to Ankerwycke to see the snowdrops. Just across the Thames from Runnymede, Ankerwycke is home to the ruins of a priory and the Ankerwycke Yew – a 2000 year old tree rumoured to be one of the spots where Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn. It’s a beautiful place for a walk, but wellies are definitely an essential item as the walk across the fields to get to the yew and priory is a very muddy one, especially in February!
We had the pleasure of Grandma’s company too as we set off over the muddy fields and made our way towards the yew and priory. Last time we explored Ankerwycke we took the longer circular walk. I thought this might be a little too much for Jessica so this time we took the shorter route.
The girls stopped at the bridge for a game of Pooh sticks. Sadly, the water in the stream was barely flowing so it wasn’t very successful!
The snowdrops were out all around the yew and the priory. It was such a pretty sight. Trying to stop Sophie picking them was a challenge though!
I was right to take the shorter route. Jessica was tired by the time we reached the yew and stopped for a lie down on the bench. She still manages a reasonable walk but it’s not quite as far as it once was.
Once Jessica got her breath back, the girls had a closer look at the yew. It was quite fascinating to look inside the big trunk and see the tangle of branches everywhere. Sophie was small enough to be able to get right inside!
There are a few geocaches along the walk. Most of the ones along our route involved solving a puzzle to find the co-ordinates of the geocache. The girls didn’t quite have the patience to wait for me to work them out though – maybe I’ll manage to find them next time! We did manage to find one geocache near where we’d parked the car though.
The girls’ wellies were thick with mud and the attraction of the big puddle was too much to resist. It was one of those moments when I wished I’d thought to put them in puddle suits as both girls managed to get their trousers completely soaked and I only had one change with me! Fortunately I did have a blanket to cover bare legs and the journey home wasn’t too long!