Keswick Oct 2020
On Wednesday we went hunting in Whinlatter Forest Park for the rarest of all woodland creatures.
But who is this creature with terrible claws and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws? He has knobbly knees and turned-out toes and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose. His eyes are orange, his tongue is black; he has purple prickles all over his back.
“Oh help! Oh no! It’s a Gruffalo!”Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler, The Gruffalo
Yes!!! We went on a Gruffalo Hunt. On the way we met some new friends.
Meeting the Gruffalo
After traipsing through the undergrowth we came upon the ferocious beast. At this point the 3 males in my company decided to run up and kick him on the bum. The Gruffalo was not best pleased at this. After all, he was just minding his own business, chilling in the forest. I feel his pain. Quite often I am just minding my own business, chilling on the sofa, when a little body launches itself onto my stomach. Therefore, I understood his need to growl and chase them away.
Follow the Leader
All joking aside, after we discovered the Gruffalo, the Hubby thought it would be a good idea to check out some of the other trails through the forest. Off we trotted.
Whinfell is a big place, on the side of a mountain, so there are a lot of steep paths. At first we stuck to the road, following it up. As the gradient increased, this mum decreased. Too many lockdown calories have turned me into a sluggish, slightly obese, sloth. Eventually he took pity on me and we turned to head back. Tink and I occupied ourselves by twirling down the road whilst singing “I believe I can fly.” A perfectly appropriate song for the side of a mountain.
The man-child then veered off and led us down a steep decline through the woods. Honestly, my singing wasn’t that bad. Thank god it was dry. Naturally, the boys skipped along, barely even aware that at any moment they could plummet to their deaths. Ok so I might be slightly exaggerating the climb. The boys do have better balance than me. I am fully capable of falling whilst sitting.
Eventually we headed back to the lodge where I poured a big glass of rose and proceeded to nurse my tired legs. It might have only been lunchtime, but hey, I’m on holiday. It’s allowed.
In all seriousness, Whinlatter Forest is a great place to go if you are down in the Lakes with some spectacular views.
There is plenty to do and it is suitable for all ages. In addition to the Gruffalo orienteering course, they also have Go Ape on site, featuring the Tree Top Challenge and Forest Segway; an off-road adventure. There are plenty of trails to follow for those who enjoy walking, cycling and mountain biking. Horse riders are also welcome. Close to the large car park there is a gift shop, café and easily accessible toilets. It is everything you would need for a day out. I would highly recommend Whinlatter Forest to anyone who is visiting the area.
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