The Grufallo Trail | 52 Adventures

The Grufallo Trail was something we had been wanting to do for a long time, we woke up and it was a dry day - cold but dry at least. We packed up the car, got our coats, hats and wellingtons and headed for Thorndon Country Park. I always feel a little guilty as Arch cant walk yet and so the adventures are not all that fun for him, but he loves looking around and the fresh air is great for him too. Isla loves exploring and being outside, she really is at her happiest when we are. She's always looking for sticks, leaves and stones to collect from our walks, she even found a 1p and wouldn't let go of her coin as she calls it. She did drop it and started panicking and crying that she had lost it, super mum to the rescue.. I got a penny out my purse and threw it on the floor and said look Isla there it is! All was better now thankfully and we could continue our walk to find the characters and explore the park properly, there was also lots of stick shelters that you could sit in, and that meant we had to go in and explore every.. single.. one. 

Isla loved finding all of the characters and wanted to meet all of them by petting them in the hope they would move or talk. We found a big fallen over tree trunk that she managed to climb over all by herself, and was very pleased afterwards too! It was so much fun exploring, and we even found a couple of little rivers too which was exciting. It was a good job she was wearing her wellingtons too as she was soon jumping in the mud and puddles while I looked on in fear, but she was giggling until she got her jeans soaked!

And lastly we found the Grufallo himself, and thankfully he was back near the car park so we could run back to the car and drive home before it started to pour down with rain. We definitely plan on returning when the weather is a bit warmer as we had so much fun and there was a lot more to explore too, we would love to bring a picnic next time too. 

It is our mission to have a action packed year, so we have set a goal to have a adventure every week in 2016. We have sat down and wrote a list of 52 activities to do, places to go and explore, also simple things to do at home. Just as long as we have a activity to do once a week we will be happy, and it is also my mission to capture and document the 52 adventures we do together as a family so we can look back at all the things we did that are so easily forgotten. 


  1. Its sounds like you had a good time, we have been wanting to do one of the Gruffalo or Stickman trails for ages, but there are quite a journey from where we live, but it looks worth it x

  2. What a lovely trip. My son would love it here, he adores the Gruffalo at the moment & woods in general. Fantastic that you go out in any weather and looking forward to reading all your future trips. Great 'super mum' moment too! Thanks for linking up to #MyFavouriteTrip Polly x


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