Finding days out that appeal across the generations can be a bit tricky. H isn’t always keen at the idea of visiting a stately home or ornamental gardens (although often once he’s there he really enjoys himself). So it was great to have a day out in the National Forest (at their invitation) to try out some fun outdoor activities together.
The National Forest was established to regenerate a band of land in the East Midlands after coal mining ended in the area. It’s within easy striking distance from home in Birmingham and we go there regularly because H’s grandparents live within the area. Before the National Forest was planted this area only had about 6% tree cover, but now it’s a leafy, green area. We spent the day at Conkers in the National Forest exploring the great range of activities that they have to offer.
We all got involved one way in another even if it was just providing a little advice, encouragement or taking some photos. Grandad had a go at going over the rope nets and I climbed high into the trees.
We had a little maze fun. H led us through the maze without any problems, but Granny and Grandad got lost. They found us and we headed back, but Grandad cheated on the way out and was quickly found out.
Most of all though it was lovely to get out among the trees and walk in the countryside. It doesn’t take long to get away from the crowds and fill your lungs with fresh air. There’s something about walking in amongst the trees that makes you feel good and there are so many paths to take.