The Stick Man Trail at Wendover Woods

The Stick Man trail is at Wendover Wood.

We’d read all about it – it sounded quite good.

One day we got ready to head out the door

for Stick Man, yes Stick Man – the trail to explore.

The Stick Man Trail at Wendover Woods - Little Hearts, Big Love

We start at the café and stop for a snack,

I think: should we buy an activity pack?

£3 isn’t much, but the girls are so young

that just doing the trail will be enough fun.

 

We finish our snack; the girls shriek with glee:

“It’s Stick Man, it’s Stick Man, we’re going to see!

And we’re ready to start our adventure, yippee!”

The start of the trail - The Stick Man Trail at Wendover Woods - Little Hearts, Big Love

A notice shows us where the trail will start.

The girls are excited; and off they both dart.

Into the woods, we all head with a jog

And then stop for a moment to sit on a log.

Into the woods... The Stick Man Trail at Wendover Woods - Little Hearts, Big Love

I pull out the book – it’s time for a story,

Let’s read it together for a moment before we

Head off on the trail; so let’s just remind

Ourselves of the things we might need to find.

 Reading the Stick Man story - The Stick Man Trail at Wendover Woods - Little Hearts, Big Love

We finish our story; the girls shriek with glee:

“It’s Stick Man, it’s Stick Man, we’re going to see!

And we’re here in the woods to find him, yippee!”

 

What’s over there, in the forest all shady?

Look at the picture: we’ve found the Stick Lady!

And here is a sign, with games we could do

But the girls run ahead to find the next clue.

Finding the first signs - The Stick Man Trail at Wendover Woods - Little Hearts, Big Love

“Hurry up, Mummy!” they call back to me,

“It’s Stick Man, it’s Stick Man, we’re eager to see!

And we’ve found something else in the forest – yippee!”

 

Here is a dog on a sign painted blue

And another sign with some stick games we could do

Let’s pile some sticks up on top of each other

Can you pick up one without moving another?

The Stick Man Trail at Wendover Woods - Little Hearts, Big Love

Jessica tries, her technique perhaps is

Not quite correct – the pile collapses

She gives me a grin, waves the stick in the air,

Meanwhile Sophie’s off – there’s a sign over there!

Picking up sticks - The Stick Man Trail at Wendover Woods - Little Hearts, Big Love

Let’s build a nest – but the girls hurry on –

Or maybe a tower? They’ve already gone.

Fun with some sticks? This is declined;

The girls clearly have just one aim in mind:

That’s Stick Man, yes Stick Man we’ve come here to find.

The Stick Man Trail at Wendover Woods - Little Hearts, Big Love

Here are some dens and a gigantic nest.

The girls explore for a while before resuming their quest.

Dens and a gigantic nest - The Stick Man Trail at Wendover Woods - Little Hearts, Big Love

Looking here, looking there, they explore carefully:

It’s Stick Man, yes Stick Man, they both want to see!

And look here’s a sign with a cat on – yippee!

Star jump sign - The Stick Man Trail at Wendover Woods - Little Hearts, Big Love

Time for some star jumps; we all jump around

(Sophie just bobs, she can’t yet get off the ground).

We spot something else in the trees up ahead.

Yes, we’ve found the swan on a sign painted red

Finding a swan - The Stick Man Trail at Wendover Woods - Little Hearts, Big Love

The next sign suggests that we try rubbing bark

And use crayons to make our own Stick Man mark.

Jessica looks closely at the steel Stick Man fixture;

We haven’t brought paper so can’t make a picture.

Bark rubbing - The Stick Man Trail at Wendover Woods - Little Hearts, Big Love

Sophie is already off round the bend;

It looks like the trail might be nearing its end.

The next sign is just glanced at, but what’s this we see?

On the sign up ahead – now who could this be?

The end of the trail - The Stick Man Trail at Wendover Woods - Little Hearts, Big Love

“It’s Stick Man, it’s Stick Man!” the girls both exclaim

“Can we do the trail all over again?”

But before we repeat it, one more thing to find:

Who’s that over there, with the prickly behind?

 

He has orange eyes and terrible claws,

Not to mention big teeth in his terrible jaws.

The girls squeal with delight; their eyes are aglow:

“Look! Look there Mummy! A big Gruffalo!

The Gruffalo - The Stick Man Trail at Wendover Woods - Little Hearts, Big Love

We take a few photos and then the girls see

A bench in the shape of an owl family.

Their attention is captured by this beautiful seat;

When they’ve finished looking, the trail we repeat.

A bench with carved owls - The Stick Man Trail at Wendover Woods - Little Hearts, Big Love

The day’s almost over; one last thing to do.

One last place to visit before we are through.

Off to the playground and the swings over there,

“Can you push me Mummy? High in the air?”

Climbing and sliding; swinging to and fro,

Until finally I tell them we really must go.

 Fun in the playground - The Stick Man Trail at Wendover Woods - Little Hearts, Big Love

Back in the car, the girls smile sleepily:

“It’s Stick Man, it’s Stick Man, that we went to see!

But now it is time to go home for our tea.”

(With apologies to Julia Donaldson)

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32 thoughts on “The Stick Man Trail at Wendover Woods

  1. Love it, love it! You’re so creative, turning your day out into a poem. You might be the future Julia Donaldson sweetie, who knows? I’ve heard of those trails but we haven’t joined one yet. Must do: it sounds like lots of fun xxx #CountryKids

    1. Thank you Mel – I had so much fun writing it up in that style! Would definitely recommend doing the trail – am sure your little ones would love it too 🙂

    1. Thank you John – it was a lot of fun to write – almost as much fun as doing the trail itself! 🙂

  2. Louise this is amazing, I adore all the photos of the girls in the woods enjoying and the trail but the rhyme you put with it is quite inspired. I’ve not been to Wendover Woods for years, since before there were any character trails, however if we ever made back again I know my kids would love to do the go Ape course there. I’m guessing this was quite a long journey for you but looks like a day that really paid off. Thank you so much for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

    1. Thank you Fiona – I had so much fun writing it up this way – almost as much fun as the girls had doing the trail itself. Wendover is a little way from us – it’s about a 40 minute drive but was well worth it! 🙂

    1. Thanks Katy – it was a lot of fun writing it up this way! We had a fab time doing the trail – very tempted to do it again when the weather is a little warmer! 🙂

  3. Amazing!! Best Stick Man trail post I have read – I am so impressed with your talent to make such a fantastic rhyming poem. We really enjoyed the Stick Man trail – but I think my husband enjoyed the activities more than the girls #CountryKids

    1. Thank you Karen – I really enjoyed writing it up in the style of the book – it was almost as much fun as doing the trail itself! Glad you all enjoyed doing it too 🙂

  4. This is lovely!! Great photos and very creative poem. We done a similar trail to this a few years ago and our girls loved it. Can I just ask a nosey question? Did you take your photos on your phone or with a proper camera? They are very clear – mine don’t turn out this way with the iPhone so I’m wondering if I need to start using the proper camera for blog photos. Thanks!

    1. Thank you Lila – there are a couple of photos in there that are taken with my iPhone but most of them are taken with my camera as I get better quality photos that way.

    1. Lol, loving the idea that rhyming is infectious! Thanks Claire and so glad you enjoyed reading about our Stick Man Trail 🙂

  5. Just checked this out after #tribalchat, it’s so impressive that you wrote it all like this! Looks like a great trail, too. Great read!

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