Toddler and Bump: Why Rushmere Country Park was a winner for Susie
This marked our last day out as a family of three. As of mid-July, we've now got a new addition to take with us on days out, trips away and endless dog walks… but before baby Rex made his appearance, days out were all about trying to keep the fun going for our toddler son Milo, while not pushing me into an early labour.
I wanted to mention somewhere we’d visited near our hometown recently because it managed the combo of wearing our son out but not being too strenuous for me and I think it’s a balance which can often be difficult to strike. Mum-guilt is all too present when your body’s changing with pregnancy and you’ve already got little ones to think of; you can’t run around with them as much as you’d like to, often they’re too young to understand why and you don’t want to make the whole family feel as though they’re being held back just because you can’t waddle too far away from a toilet every twenty minutes.
One place which was a huge hit with all of us and somewhere we strangely (it’s literally 8 minutes away from our house) hadn’t visited before is Rushmere Country Park. We’re lucky enough to live around lots of greenery and trails, but this has a few added extras and only costs £3 to park. Total cheap fun.
Rushmere is 400 acres (!) of woodland and managed by The Greensand Trust. There’s a sculpture trail with hidden fairy/goblin doors little ones can hunt for in the bushes, a HUGE giant’s chair to sit in, a spider, etc and a plenty of easy walks for all ages. I’m was obviously taking it slow, but we wandered for a couple of hours and it was nothing I couldn’t manage. People can bring dogs, horses, bikes; the lot and there’s so much space, even on a busy weekend, you wouldn’t feel as though it was overcrowded. We took a picnic along with us which we ate on a log midway through our trek, but there are benches and space galore for you to pitch up wherever you fancy and if you’re not one for stocking up on mini sausages and popcorn before you head out for the day, then there’s a lovely cafe with lots of options for all ages right near the adventure playground.
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