Mothers Day and the task of getting to both mothers and hopefully giving Sarah a nice time too is upon us. (I got carried away with shooting the vlog that I barely took many photos, so Erin took a few and there's some extra's from this time last year too!)
For our mini adventure this week we hit Nercwys Forest, near Mold in North Wales. Nercwys is part of the Clywdian Range and an area of outstanding natural beauty. It’s mainly made up of confier woodland full of wildlife along with some great heritage features such as a bronze age burial cairn, old farmsteads and mining buildings. We took the 3 mile circular path through the forest which takes in some amazing panoramic views and the historic ruins.
Google maps actually has the car park and the circular trail marked on it if you want to plug that straight into your phone for directions :) (Grid Ref:-SJ218 592)
It’s a short but satisfying walk that you can do in half a day. We took Jasper and our mum-in-law brought her two retrobates too. Plenty of space for them to run around and search through the forest, but it’s worth noting that there may be sheep in some places so keep a lead handy.
Most of the ground is dirt track with the occasional muddy spot, we covered the kids in wellies as per usual and they definitely needed them as we went “off-piste” a little. It's a great track for taking mountain bikes. When the kids get good on their bikes this will be our first stop for sure.
We took a break towards the end of the walk near the stone heritage buildings. We had emergency buttee boxes from Morrisons cafe, dead useful if you need a quick picnic purchase before a day out.
The kids spent the entire time playing with the carpet like moss that grows on the forest floor, picking it up and covering other forest items with it. They must of done it for an hour, it's so great to see them use their imaginations and just play without the need for anything else.
I really think the kids are getting better and better at amusing themselves the more we do these mini adventures. Sure there are still tantrums and moaning from time to time (even more so at home!) but they're getting less and less.
After delving their grubby little hands into an undisclosed pool of mud for 15 minutes we headed off for the end. With the car park insight we got distracted by a forestry turning circle and the kids decided to climb up and down the banks whilst sliding down on their bums for another 15 :)
3 days later we got back to the car.
Nercwys is great. Simple. Stunning. Get out there.