My Family’s Stick Man Trail adventure
On a damp, drizzly day we set off for a muddy Stick Man Trail walk in Delamere Forest…. schools….Why not combine a ranger day with a ranger led or self led walk on the Stick Man or Gruffalo Trail? Contact us if you require a Ranger led walk along the trail that will incorporate other Forest Explorer activities as well. We will risk assess this for you to save you busy teachers the trouble!
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We borrowed a dog (not essential!) and headed off from the Linmere visitor centre, across to Old Pale car park and followed the signs through Sheen’s Meadow and Millennium wood. It took us about 1/2 hour, but our 9 yr old and 6 yr old are good walkers and often run ahead. Allow up to an hour for little legs and groups who may wish to stop and read
the signs and complete the activities. As you can see from the photos, the paths were very muddy and quite slippery in places. The trail has, since our visit, been closed for a number of weeks to allow the Forestry Commission to repair and replace the paths. There was such a huge footfall over the Christmas holidays, that it was deemed unsafe for any more visitors. So Stick Man had a little rest. He will be open again at February Half term.
I know it is a forest and you expect mud……but believe me some people don’t!!!!!!
The signs are colourful and there are activities to complete on the way….build a tower of sticks….we didn’t….we couldn’t find any sticks!
They are close enough, yet far enough apart to keep even the little ones moving to see what the next sign asks them to do….even in the rain!
Towards the end of the trail, there are some brass rubbings to do. If you buy the Stick Man packs from the café at £3.50, there are crayons and paper inside to complete this activity. You may have to queue for a while on busy days! Go early, or on a wet day, if you go at the weekend or in the holidays! Please note that during school terms there may be schools using the trail as well as preschoolers, so it’s not guaranteed to be quiet!
Of course the most exciting part is finally getting to find the big man himself……”I’m Stick Man, I’m Stick Man, I’m Stick Man………That’s me!!!!!” Take a photo, give him a hug, he loves hugs!
Our After School club even went to find him in in the dark! Very brave! Perhaps not recommended without an experienced ranger to lead the way!
Stick Man is lonely….he hopes you’ll visit him soon! Love Rachel x