Haughmond Hill Stick Man Trail

For the first time in what seems like an age, last week the weather picked up enough for us to spend some time outdoors and go on a little adventure.
Arthur absolutely loves Julia Donaldson’s and Axel Scheffler’s books, particularly Stick Man, since the adaptation was on TV over Christmas. I’d heard that the Forestry Commission have set up some Stick Man trails around the country and so we thought we’d head over to our nearest one at Haughmond Hill, Shrewsbury.
We bought the activity pack (£3) and Arthur really enjoyed playing the little activities, such as bark rubbing, identifying leaves and feeling the different textures of the trees.
The walk was the perfect length for a toddler – Arthur didn’t get bored at all and was happy to walk the whole way. It was also buggy/stroller friendly and there were all of the family friendly facilities there which we needed, such as changing facilities and a café. I’ll definitely be submitting this walk to ‘Can Kids Go?’ as it is very family friendly.
These activity trails are such a brilliant way to encourage little ones to enjoy the outdoors. We loved it and so I thought I’d share our photos with you all.

Have you been on a Stick Man Trail? I’d love to see your pictures.

Travel Monkey
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  1. February 29, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    What a fun activity! I love The Gruffalo myself and I'm glad though there is no find a monster in the woods activity 😉

  2. February 29, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    my son would love to visit – he really like reading his stick man book! such cute pictures, love the teepee one

  3. February 29, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    We loved our local Stick man trail – we've done a couple so far and it's such a fun way to get out into the woods. #mondayescapes

  4. February 29, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    Lovely photos. I loved reading the Julia Donaldson books to the boys when they were little and I'll get to read them again soon when Darcey is bigger. It's great that they do these trails, fun for all the family xx

  5. February 29, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    What a gorgeous blog post, such lovely photographs! It looks like you had a wonderful time, it's so good being able to get out and about now that the weather seems to be improving! x

  6. March 2, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    The boys were really into The Gruffalo but I only learnt of The Stick Man from guests who were here in half term. What a great way to get children interested in trees though. #MondayEscapes

  7. March 3, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    Ah this looks like so much fun! Toby's loads more interested in the world now and would love this xx

  8. March 6, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    I've seen a few of these trails and they look fab!!! We LOVE Stick Man, it's one of Evie's favourite books. Our nearest trail is about an hour drive away, but from the looks of all these posts I've been seeing it's well worth it. It looks like you had a fab time. I love the little den! Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with #whatevertheweather x

  9. March 7, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Aww, love all the tree hugging! Stickman is s favourite of ours too, he's such a great character with lots of adventures and can be quite emotive too. The trail looks brilliant, with so much for kids to do along the way and he looks incredibly happy with the trail! Wish we had one nearby, my boys would love it. Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather x 🙂

  10. March 8, 2016 / 3:07 pm

    We do love the Forestry Commission and their Julia Donaldson collaborations! We went to the Stick Man Trail recently too and had a great time. It's lovely to see a different forest and walk in another area. Thank you for linking up with #MondayEscapes

  11. March 10, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    I love this post Amanda – what wonderful photography you have shared. You know Toby loves the Gruffalo, we've been to our local Forest (Dalby) and done a Gruffalo trail but I didn't know that there was a collaboration between the commissions and Julia Donaldson – fab idea 🙂 H x

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