For our last family day out of 2016, we headed over to Hughenden Manor. Having enjoyed the knights and dragons trail there in the summer, we were looking forward to trying the fairytale trail. As we walked the short distance from the car park towards the information hut, we passed several chalk boards with passages and clues relating to different fairy tales. There were white pebbles lining the path and a sign telling us to follow the white pebbles.
Near the information hut, we saw another sign. This suggested that the fairy tale trail was in the woods. We needed to follow the purple trail through the woods which was about two miles long. We couldn’t find the start of the purple trail at first but spotted a gingerbread house which the girls made a beeline for. It made a welcome shelter from the rain that had just started. While the girls and I waited at the gingerbread house, hubby went back to find out where we needed to go.
It turned out that we needed to go back to the car park for the start of the trail. It was now raining heavily though. We decided to stop in the cafe for some lunch in the hope that the rain would ease off.
Over lunch, hubby looked at the trail route on his phone. We decided that we would do the trail in reverse as the end of the trail would take us back in the direction we had just been. Two miles is a very long walk for Jessica. Both of us were keen not to have to increase it by having to turn back on ourselves. We found the path into the woods ready to start our trail.
We had a lovely walk through the woods and the girls enjoyed it. I was a little surprised not to see anything along the way relating to the trail though. I wondered whether perhaps the trail was only on part of the route.
The girls weren’t bothered about the lack of fairy tale things to spot though. They were just happy to collect sticks long with way. Jessica coped very well with the length of the walk. She had a few stops along the way to catch her breath and the occasional ride on Daddy’s shoulders. Considering how muddy it was along the way (plus Sophie managed to fall over in the mud several times) this was a brave move on hubby’s part!
It wasn’t until we got back to the car park that we realised we had done the trail on the way to the information hut. It seemed like a very short trail though. I can’t help thinking we must have missed something!
Although the lack of trail to make the walk a little more interesting was slightly disappointing, we did all enjoy just being together and having a nice wintry walk in the woods.
If anyone did do the fairytale trail though and knows whether I completely missed it, please do let me know!