A walk in Langley Park

Langley Park is one of our favourite places to visit. Usually, we just visit the Temple Gardens and the play area but this time I decided to try and walk down to the arboretum with the girls. The arboretum is around half a mile from the car park which I thought would be a reasonable walk with Jessica, especially as she had coped so well with doing the Stick Man trail recently.

A walk in Langley Park - Little Hearts, Big Love

It was sunny and cold, but the girls were well wrapped up. With the play area being visible from the car park, I thought there would be objections to me steering them in a different direction, but they were happy to try a different path for a change.


And for a while, it was perfect. The sun was shining, there were trees to hide behind, bridges to run across, muddy puddles to splash in and sticks to pick up. We were having fun outside together, enjoying a walk in the fresh air.

A walk in Langley Park - Little Hearts, Big Love

We were nearly at the arboretum when Jessica asked if we could turn back. She’s pretty good at self-limiting when it comes to exercise and I should have really listened to her. But we were so nearly at the arboretum that I slowed the pace, and encouraged her on.


I could see she was tired by the time we reached the arboretum. Sophie was running ahead, keen to explore everything but Jessica was starting to struggle and needing to stop for a few minutes here and there. We paused for a while at the Japanese bridge to let her catch her breath and regain a little energy.

A walk in Langley Park - Little Hearts, Big LoveA walk in Langley Park - Little Hearts, Big Love

The walk back might have only been half a mile but it felt like several! I hadn’t brought the buggy or the toddler carrier with me and every few minutes we would have to stop as Jessica was getting breathless. “I need to find my breath, Mummy,” she kept telling me. I knew I’d pushed her a little too far and was kicking myself for not listening earlier.

A walk in Langley Park - Little Hearts, Big Love

It’s funny though how the sight of a playground can sometimes give that little boost of energy again! It certainly helped Jessica through the last part of the walk and she managed to find enough energy for a few minutes of play and was much happier for it.

Fun in the playground - A walk in Langley Park - Little Hearts, Big Love

Overall, it was a lovely walk, but it reminded me of the importance of listening to Jessica and making sure that I let her dictate the pace and length of our walks. I think I’ll also make sure I have the toddler carrier with me next time too!
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10 thoughts on “A walk in Langley Park

  1. Such a pretty place for a walk. I’m sure I’ve heard of it before: where is it exactly? I keep forgetting to bring my sling, too when we go out, but it can come in really handy when the little ones have reached the point where they simply can’t go on. xx

  2. It does look like a lovely walk. The playground at the end sounds like a good way to pick tired children up. It must be so difficult knowing how much exercise to encourage without over doing it, but it does sound like Jessica is really observant to how she feels. I hope she recovered quickly x

  3. What a beautiful place for a walk, so much scenery to explore. It’s a shame the walk was quite challenging for Jessica, it’s always difficult to gauge the different walks against each other. Sophie looks like she’s having a great time exploring whilst Jessica’s having her rests, it’s great that she’s willing to explore by herself giving Jessica the time she needs. Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

  4. It looks like a great place to walk, sorry to see that Jessica was struggling but it’s nice to see her know her limits isn’t it x

  5. I remember those days of kicking yourself for not having buggy or carrier but looks like they had fun. They look very sweet in their bright pink coats x

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