We had our very own wildlife adventure the other day whilst visiting Brockholes In Lancashire. If you love wildlife and walking this is definitely the place for you. Easy to get to and really well sign posted just of the M6 Preston. This is why visiting Brockholes encourages the natural adventurer in you!
As soon as we walked into the visitors centre we were greeted by two lovely member’s of staff who asked if we needed any help and handed me a leaflet with loads of information on the reserve and explained which walking trails would be suitable for our little man, brilliant! James loved it in the centre as there’s lots of fun activities to keep little ones entertained, like colouring butterflies and ladybirds, sticking different insects onto the right cards lots of fun things to interact and learn from. There also loads of information all over the centre with all the different wildlife species within the reserve and the best places to spot them.
The Visitor’s Centre
We were all geared up ready to explore our themed woodland trail to see what we could find on our little natural adventure!
Wind In The Willows Themed Woodland Trail.
After walking over a little wooden bridge where James saw lots of ducks, geese and fish we began our wind in the willows themed trail. Our first find was Badger, a beautiful carving which James went running over to greet him, bless!
After spotting Mole, Mr Toad, and Ratty all which were really easy to find, and brought huge smiles on James face, every time he spotted a character 🙂 On our travels we also saw lots of dragon flies, different species of birds, butterflies and bees all along the themed trail making it feel like you’re closer to the wildlife without disturbing it.
After walking through some beautiful woodlands along the River Ribble the trail brings you out at the play areas. The first one was mainly for older kids, as much as James tried he couldn’t reach to walk along the climbing structure, he did manage to climb up to a huge slide and loved coming down, he won’t be beat! Then we saw a great gravel pit with lots of little shovels to move the stones and carry them along then hoist up and the pour them back down to the ground. Great to watch all the kids work it through and play together.
A great play area for the kids with lots of seating areas to have a picnic or sit and watch all the wildlife pass you by. Brockholes is a beautiful nature reserve set in the most beautiful surroundings, I can’t believe I didn’t know this place existed!
We ventured passed the trail to head for the lookout, which is great to sit and watch all the wildlife with your binoculars, but as you can imagine not so good with a toddler screaming “ducks mummy duck’s!” Time to make a move and leave the lovely people to sit quietly I think! As we headed back to the visitors centre we called into the Reedbed Restaurant, which had a greats selection of hot and cold food. We shared a bowl of homemade leek and potato soup, which was delicious, plenty for the two of us. As we sat at our table the ducks came inside waddling away under the tables, so cute and so funny!
We had a fantastic time at Brockholes and it definitely brings out the natural adventurer in you! 🙂 I came away with loads of information on upcoming events held there over the coming months. I feel this is a place where every time you visit there will always be something different to see throughout all the changing seasons. It’s free to enter and a great family day out if you love wildlife and walking, the only thing you pay for is the carpark which you enter your registration into the machine as you leave. The cost is £5 for the whole day and all the proceeds go back into the upkeep of the reserve, which I think is great value for a family day out! Unfortunately no dogs are allowed, assistance dogs are welcome, so not to disturb the wildlife. Here’s a link for more info http://www.brockholes.org/
Author: Mandy J McDonald
A UK Family Lifestyle & Days Out Blogger – Sharing our mini family adventures & my love for all home and garden inspirations with lots of tips & tricks!!!