A few weeks ago I heard about Stoke Park Woods on the news, the woods were under threat from being built on to make way for housing and new roads. I hadn’t heard of these woods, so took to Google to find out more. Only to find a large wood that I have never visited, and didn’t even know they were there!
UPDATE: You’ll be pleased to hear that the woods themselves are safe but it’s the wider area of scenic farms, footpaths and bridleways at risk. Here’s a link that will tell you more about the area and our campaign.
So we took a visit out to Stoke Park Woods, and to see what it was like.
A perfect place for an easy family walk
With a small car park near the start, and set right on the edge of a residential area, Stoke Park Wood was very easy to find.
We headed off along a path, not knowing what we were going to find. The kids were quite happy exploring a new wood, and Gus had plenty of space to run about.
The paths were gravel paths, of course, muddy as it is winter, but not like walking through paths of thick mud. Then dotted around were little areas for the kids, we found a wooded area where someone had made a den, which of course this intrigue them to explore, and find more sticks add to the den. However, it also was a perfect place to play ‘manhunt’ ‘tag’ and lots of games. Hiding behind trees, bushes and hidden areas.
Then we carried on walking around the paths, there are a few picnic benches dotted around so we will be back in the summer with a picnic! Also, they are making a mountain biking area, which looks really good and will keep loads of kids happy once it is open and I can see it being very popular.
There was a wooden climbing wall, which went down very well with the kids.
A large wooden climbing boat, bars to walk along and a fireman poles to slide down!
The last play area on our route was a large wooden den, with peepholes and climbing steps to climb all over it.
Stoke Park Woods was a great find, the walk is long enough if you are looking for somewhere close to burn off some energy, or just to get out for a bit, and perfect to walk the dog around too. This was just one path, there are more paths that we haven’t explored yet.