We have always loved the story of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalos Child. They have been a firm bedtime favourite since L was a baby. Today we decided to head to Hicks Lodge in Moira, Leicestershire to walk the Gruffalo Trail.
Hicks Lodge is a great place for the whole family. Set on the site of an old coal mine the area has now been completely regenerated into a beautiful lakeland with paths for walking and cycling. There is a great children’s adventure playground and a fantastic cafe. You can even hire bikes there!
We’ve been wanting to do some Gruffalo spotting for ages so we took advantage of the Autumn sunshine and drove the ten minutes down the road to the lodge. Being half term it was quite busy but the area is so big it never really feels crowded. Parking is £3 for the full day.
We grabbed our Gruffalo spotting pack for the cafe, which was £3 and included a clue book for collecting evidence, stickers, fact sheets and pencil.
Off we went onto the trail. Our goal was to find all five characters from the story. Mouse, fox, owl, snake and finally the jolly Gruffalo. The exciting part of this particular hunt is that by downloading the Gruffalo Spotter app you can actually watch the characters come to life thanks to the wonder of augmented reality!
On the way round there are clues about the characters and where to find them. L loved looking through the peep holes and guessing which character would be next.
The trail follows the main circuit around the lake which is roughly 2 miles. We walked it but in hindsight I wish that we had packed L’s bike!
We stopped along the way to admire the beautiful wildlife. Hicks Lodge is a really popular spot for bird watchers. The lake is home to many different species of birds.
We successfully found all of the Gruffalo characters on the trail. We loved using the app to see them “in real life”. You have to open the app and point your phone at the paw prints. Magically they then appear before your eyes….well sort of! You can then take pics with the characters. I have to say though that the app was a bit glichy and the photos were not the best.
We had such a great day. It took us around an hour and a half to complete the trail. You can walk it faster but we took our time admiring the scenery. L just loved spotting the characters from one of this favourite stories!
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