Good Friday is a family day! No-one is working, hopefully the sun makes an appearance as it’s almost May (and it did!) and we’re all together.
We decided to make the most of a fantastic warm, sunny Good Friday by taking a trip to Delamere Forest. We have been before – and bought our Christmas Tree there not long ago – but it had been a while since we’d ventured to this lovely part of Cheshire.
As we approached the forest park through the beautiful Cheshire plains, I was reminded of how much it impresses me. It’s so easy to park, for one thing – which is so welcome when you’ve got two lively girls in the back eager to leap out of the car and explore. There’s a big car park and a separate overflow car park for busy periods – although we managed to get in the main car park even on Good Friday.
Coffee always features highly on my list of resources that must be within reach wherever we go, so I love the cafe there which sells a collection of panninis, toasties, sandwiches, cakes and children’s food (kids’ sandwiches, beans on toast etc.) and of course, good coffee.
What’s even better is that there’s loads of seating – both inside and out, and you can take your own picnics and sit outside on covered benches. I don’t know about you, but I hate being caught out places where you can’t take your own food. When you have small children, even if you intend to buy lunch you inevitably end up taking a ridiculous amount of snacks on every outing anyway.
Yesterday they also had a BBQ outdoors which was very popular, and of course the ice cream stall! I did manage to fend off the demands of my daughters for ice cream until after we had done some walking – I’m not sure how, actually. Pure fluke, surely?
Onto the walking…we still use a pushchair for our 18 month old so we chose a route recommended to us by a friendly chap handing out maps at the entrance. Yesterday, there was an Easter Gruffalo trail which we followed.
Our trail took us to a clearing in the forest with little dens that the girls thought were just the best thing since chocolate mini eggs. They love playing at ‘houses’ at the best of times, and this really got their imagination going.
We found quite a few piles of logs on the way, and three and a half year old was fascinated when we explained to her that each ring on the cut side of the log represented a year of the tree’s life. She spent quite a while browsing those logs!
It was a great opportunity for both girls to stretch their legs, walk and run around exploring. Bug hunting is a big favourite with us so they were lifting stones and trying to spot worms and well, bugs.
We’re not cyclists, but we did see lots of cyclists around. The Forest Park is huge, with a range of trails and a cycle hire stop. I also saw quite a few runners, too, although they must have been bonkers to go out running on Good Friday (surely they rewarded themselves with a pint, later?).
I was impressed with Delamere Forest – it’s a great family day out. Our girls were suitably tired when we arrived home – bonus for Mr EC and I who as I write this are sipping a Good Friday glass of well deserved wine while they sleep soundly in bed.