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A Muddy Woodland Walk


On Sunday we had a wonderful family day out exploring the stunning National Trust Plymbridge Woods. We are so lucky to have places like this right on our doorstep and that they are so well looked after by the National Trust. Plymbridge Woods is an enchanting place to explore, the paths are suitable for everyone but you can easily disappear onto rougher terrain. It even has designated mountain bike trails which my Hubby regularly visits. Meandering through the woodland is the beautiful River Plym which is shallow enough in a few places to have a little paddle.

We decided to take one of the more gentle paths but did at times head off track to explore the woodland, look for bluebells and paddle in the river. Luckily we remembered our wellies, it had rained a few days before so the paths were covered in squelchy mud and splashy puddles, making for one very excited Toddler.

Theres something completely magical about walking through an ancient woodland, the way the sunlight breaks through the trees and the reflections in the river. Its a fairytale land. We came across a few patches of beautiful Bluebells and Snowdrops and Willow picked a few for us to take home.

We hadn’t realised how far we had walked when Willow got super tired and could not walk any further, poor Hubby had to carry her back to the car whist we tried to control my Mum’s over excited dog. Luckily when we reached the car park there was something to lift all our spirits, an Ice Cream Van, selling all kinds of ice cold treats, coffee and hot chocolate! Unfortunately he didn’t have a lot of change but we had just enough to treat our biggest little lady.

We’ll definitely be back in the Summer with a picnic and a barefoot paddle across the river.

Have you been on any family adventures recently? Where are your favourite places to explore?

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  • Reply
    Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons
    29th April 2016 at 10:03 am

    Lovely photos! We’ve had some similarly muddy walks lately – wellies are essential even if the sunshine is out! Thankfully my little boy now accepts this – before he refused to wear them!

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      1st May 2016 at 9:37 am

      Thank you lovely, we’ve been lucky that our toddler has been obsessed with wellies from the day she could walk We love a muddy walk, can’t wait for warm days so she can have a squelch bare foot x

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    1st May 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Ahhhh I love her wellies. Your walk is so gorgeous. So peaceful and beautiful. Your photos are stunning. You can’t beat a muddy walk and getting messy on days out. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather xx

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      1st May 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Thank you lovely, we love getting messy, I can’t wait for it to be a bit warmer so we can go paddling in the river, I think Willow love the feeling of the mud and pebbles on her feet Thanks for hosting xx

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    Jenny Eaves
    3rd May 2016 at 8:01 am

    It looks like great fun! What’s better than splashing in the water and squelching in the mud! She must have slept well that nigh, an icecream sounds like a good idea after all the exploration! Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      3rd May 2016 at 9:56 pm

      Thank you lovely, she definitely slept well that night, actually I think we all did 🙂 We’re off to explore another forest this weekend for my birthday day out and I cannot wait 🙂 Thanks for hosting xx

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