Monday, 25 April 2016

Peter Rabbit Trail in Essex

Given a chance most children enjoy playing in the woods. Why wouldn't they enjoy playing somewhere where there is an endless supply of mud? If that's not enough there are sticks, leaves to kick around, trees to climb and a wide variety of insects. If they are lucky they might also see some larger wildlife such as squirrels, rabbits or deer. 

Sometimes though children need a little persuasion to get outside and explore. The Forestry Commission and Wildlife Trust have introduced a number of trails to help encourage the reluctant explorer. The latest one to open is the Peter Rabbit trail at Langdon Nature Reserve in Basildon. 
Little girl in red coat on a woodland path

Officially opened on 1st May 2016 the Peter Rabbit Woodland Trail celebrates the 150th Birthday of Beatrix Potter. The trail is short enough for little legs and suitable for push chairs. A variety of carved wooden characters are spaced out around the route with favourites such as Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggywinkle.

We enjoyed exploring and look forward to going back after the official opening when Mr Todd and Jemima Puddleduck will have joined the existing carvings.
Tommy Brock, Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher, Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs Tiggywinkle on Langdon Nature Reserve
Currently parking is free (although I can imagine that might change) and maps of the trail cost £1. There is a playground, but this was closed when we went as the ground was too wet. Anywhere off the main paths was very muddy due to recent rain, but you can get around more or less mud free on the paths.

There is a gift shop, cafe and toilets in the visitor centre next to the car park. Donations are welcome to support the work of the Essex Wildlife Trust.
Langdon Visitor Centre, a muddy puddle, a little girl with a map

If little legs are up to it there is a lake and more of the nature reserve to explore, but you can comfortably see all the characters in less than an hour, including time to pose with photographs. This is a lovely new trail to explore with Beatrix Potter lovers.


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