With its Gruffalo statue, trails and impressive den-building area, Wendover Woods is well worth a visit if you have young children. Take your wellies though if it’s been anything but amazing sunshine for weeks – it was SO muddy! As a fan of Julia Donaldson, my toddler loved seeing the Gruffalo and its only a short walk from the centre of the woods. When we went in December 2015 there was a Stick Man trail. That isn’t there anymore but there is the augmented reality Gruffalo Trail – we have done the one at Salcey Forest, and if it’s similar then it’s well worth visiting. You can read my guide to the Gruffalo Spotters Trail here. My son – aged two at the time – loved exploring the dens – some of the best we’ve seen at the various woods and forests we’ve visited. The play area is ok but nothing special and unlike some of the country parks we’ve visited isn’t worth going for that alone. Interestingly it’s been identified as one of things that needs to be improved there (with more varied equipment for different aged children) – you can read all about the site improvements here.
When we went there was a parking charge per car, £1.70 for 2 hours, £3.30 for 4 hours or £6.10 for an all day stay and we had to park some distance away. The machines don’t give change though so take the correct money. Dogs are welcome but not in the play area. There is a 6 mile cycling trail but it’s advised you need a good level of fitness to do it. There are a number of walking trails but we didn’t attempt them as they were a bit too far for little legs.
We visited in December 2015, please check their website for up to date information on their trails, facilities, opening times and parking charges.
TIME FROM MK – 45 mins approx.
ADDRESS – Halton, Bucks, HP22 5NQ
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