CS Lewis Nature Reserve is believed to be the inspiration for “Narnia classic tales” and you can tell why from the pictures.
After parking on the nearby residential roads (please be considerate), head over to Lewis Close until the end, then go down the little pathway between houses, and follow the path to the pond/lake. We went in March when it was full of croaking and frogs mating (Our VIDEO and review of FROGSPOTTING here). We spotted some Mallard ducks too but they did not get the attention they deserved today. It was all about frogs on that particular day! The frogs were camouflaged quite nicely, so you have to look for them under the water. Look for hidden spots e.g. under the near by trees or overgrown grass. You will see a few come up to the surface after mating.
After enjoying the frogs, we headed towards the woodland trail, spotted some fairy doors, lots of log piles and tree trunks to climb up on but ofcourse my son wouldn’t keep to “the path” and just decided to climb the hill up. It was steep but as there were nice spots to stabilise his shoes in, I let him and followed behind him. As we reached to the top, we were rewarded by beautiful views, sheep across the fence and a nice den. It was then hide and seek and leaf fights, and sliding down the hill. ou can also download the Children’s Discovery Trail HERE before you go and follow the map to complete the quest!
Watch our videos on instagram HERE
The full loop is not too long, so it is easily doable with the little ones. We did not go towards Shotover, which can be approached from here if you want to walk for longer, or instead drive down there. Shotover country park is pretty amazing. You can read our review HERE. Bury Knowles park is a small drive away and has a lovely sandpit and pirate ship.
Five Stars for the frogspotting, hill hiking, log pile climbing and dirt sliding 🙂
🗺 Lewis Close, Headington, OX3 8JD
🚘 NO dedicated car park but off street parking. There are a few entrances-we accessed it from Lewis Close, which is a residential area, so please be considerate
🚻 No toilets on site
🍕 No refreshments
🧺 Picnics possible in the nearby field but not the most ideal conditions
🦽Not Buggy accessible apart from the very first few yards
🐕 Dogs on leash allowed