Our Adventure Walk

As much as I love to run around doing several things at once and go a million miles an hour sometimes I have to take a step back and take it easy because of my health and this bank holiday weekend was one of them. I decided on Monday that if I couldn’t go to the gym or out on the bike then I wanted to go to one of Hampshire’s country parks and have some quality outdoor time with my two favourite people

Of course, with any outdoors adventure that involves us there’s a picnic, so J and I prepped this before leaving the house and we made a quick stop to a 99p store (we are so rock and roll) for some essentials to keep J (and us!) entertained before heading to the country park

Our pre picnic haul from the 99p store
Our pre picnic haul from the 99p store

We spent an hour or so eating our pasta salad and playing football, bubbles and with the catch pads, before the hubster and J decided to head to the adventure playground nearby. J really is growing up fast and can manage the zip wire all on her own now (it honestly still scares me every time!)

Whilst J and the hubster were off playing I realised I was getting some sympathetic looks and smiles from randoms as they were walking past. I realised then that I was sat at the entrance to J’s tent on my own like a little gnome, at least it made them happy and kept me warm!

Following this we decided to go on an “adventure walk” to and from the visitor centre by crossing the wooden bridge. They have various children play equipment all shaped like animals and insects and encourages some funny photos and some climbing skills which I don’t possess. Before we went in J asked if there were any bears on the adventure walk and we had to reassure her a couple of times there were none – I honestly have no idea where the bear talk came from!

After playing on a few pieces of kit we made it to the visitor centre and played in the smaller children’s play area for a bit before walking towards the River Itchen. As soon as I saw the river below us one thing came to mind, racing sticks! The hubster managed to locate a couple of sticks and we taught J how to drop them and run to the other side to see who won, it took me right back to my childhood when we used to spend hours at a local river paddling and racing sticks

I think we were playing giddy-up??
I think we were playing giddy-up??
It's not the best picture but you can see the smile in her eyes and I love it
It’s not the best picture but you can see the smile in her eyes and I love it
Monkeying around on our adventure trail
Monkeying around on our adventure trail
Out of the lizards mouth
Out of the lizards mouth
River Itchen
River Itchen
Looking after those tired legs
Daddy looking after those tired legs

Our adventure continued back to the car with a grasshopper tunnel, a squirrel pole and even a bird slide before picking up a few items of “treasure” before crossing the big bad daddy on the bridge to get to the car

I love family days outside and it’s even better when you have a bonus bank holiday day to enjoy together, even if the weather isn’t great (it is a bank holiday after all…)

The squirrel drop, she did it all by herself after the initial  drop
The squirrel drop, she did it all by herself after the initial drop
Showing mummy her leafy treasure
Showing mummy her leafy treasure
More treasure on the way back to the car
More treasure on the way back to the car
Family selfie ;)
Family selfie

I’m linking up with Fiona at Coombe Mill  this week for the #CountryKids linky, pop over and have a look
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

2 thoughts on “Our Adventure Walk

  1. What a lovely way to spend your bank holiday, I think you trump me eating fish and chips in the bus shelter! Genius idea to buy all those bargains in the pound shop, they are hours of entertainment on their own and it looks like it set you up for a lovely walk full of family fun with all those wooden beasts to climb. Lovely post, thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

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