We have been to the Wendover Hills before for the Gruffalo trail, so when we heard that they are starting the superworm trail, we knew we had to try it out!
Based on the children’s picture book, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the trail highlights seven minibeasts from the story, such as the toad, bees, beetle and Wizard Lizard, through brightly illustrated panels that share activities, questions and facts about them.
The trail is is not super-long.
You don’t need to be super-strong to complete it
You won’t wiggle! You won’t Squirm!
Hip, hip, hooray for SUPERWORM!
We loved it..
Trail activity packs are available to purchase from the information point during opening times and cost £3.50. The information point is located in the same cabin where you pay for parking, NOT in the cafe, where we went first.. Now it is not essential to buy one, but I would definitely recommend one. The reason being, unlike the gruffalo trail, where you had the app and you could interact/ see 3D animals on the app/ take pictures etc with them, there is no such thing on this trail. So essentially, you are walking around and finding boards with some superworm related pictures/ facts on it. The insects/minibeasts etc appear in random order (e.g. superworm is fourth on the list- to my mind, he should be either the first or the last, its the superworm trail after all, right !), so if you don’t have the trail activity leaflet, kids may quickly lose interest. If you do not want to purchase the activity pack, then perhaps take some papers and crayons with you, so that your little one can do the rubbing activities on the walk (watch our reel on instagram to understand what I mean HERE)
There are other things in the activity pack as well- craft bag to colour in, Forest superhero mask, 7 creature facts cards, Activity sheet to complete at home, Stickers, Pencil and crayon.
The course is approximately 2km along the play trail. I just realised I never actually got round to reviewing the play equipment in my blog before. The first one to encounter is the ‘ants nest’ a climbing wall pyramid , which Ay was very impressed with, followed by the den building area, the redkite look out (with amazing views across the valley), woodland scramble (wooden/ rope obstacle course), ‘tree lab’ (with a mud/ forest kitchen kind of wooden equipment (where Ay moved sticks/pine cones/mud on a pulley and then dropped them down a wooden tunnel- there is also alot of logs in the area for climbing), badger sett (set of low level wooden tunnels on the ground), hollow fort (fort like structure with chained/wooden bridge) and stepping stones.
There is a short and long loop around the play trail. The short one is 0.4km and long one only 0.6km- the short loop just cuts off the top of the long loop, so there is no massive different apart from that you will miss the Tree Lab if you followed the short loop.
The play trail itself is interesting and provides for a good distraction on the superworm trail. You dont actually feel you are “on a walk” as it is fairly regularly interrupted by either some play opportunity or tasks en route. It took us around an hour to go around without rushing or dawdling and we loved it. Hip hip hooray for Superworm!
There’s also a little toddler play area near the cafe which includes a little house with slide and balance beams. There’s also another play area near the car park, which we managed to avoid
The link to the website is HERE
There is something for everyone at the Wendover woods. There are different walking/cycling trails available (please see WEBSITE for more details). You can also do the Go Ape Tree Top Challenge in addition to other activities at Wendover Woods (HERE). The Gruffalo spotting trail has now been removed from Wendover Woods but the Gruffalo Orienteering – fun family map reading challenge is On. Details HERE
🗺 Address: Wendover Woods, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, HP22 5NQ
🎟 Entry and trails free but some activities like goApe chargeable
🚘 Paid parking on site. Parking costs from £2.75 for two hours and there are machines near around the main car park ( Find updated prices HERE)
🚻 Toilets and baby facilities
🍕 Refreshments available
🐕 Dogs allowed with code of conduct
🦽 There is an easy access trail and suitable for pushchairs. The paths have some gentle inclines and declines but was very very muddy. Wellies and waterproofs are a must!!! Don’t even think about not going without one (you will regret it badly). Also it does get cold, so dress up warmly
🧺 Picnic allowed but BBQ pits currently closed
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Our previous post on the Gruffalo trail at Wendover Woods is down below-If you think something needs updating on this post, please contact us HERE