Getting Out and About…

Jess McGlynnJanuary 12, 2015

One of our aims this year as a family is to get outdoors a bit more and explore the area around where we live.  We have our favourite places to go; i.e. the ones which are within walking distance of our house(!) but we haven’t really travelled much further afield.  Seeing as we are lucky enough to live in an area which is surrounded by countryside and open spaces, we really want to try and make the most of that this year.

On Saturday James was working and I planned to take the kids to the park in the morning and wear them out.  The weather had other plans however and we were subjected to crazy gale force winds and torrential rain until around lunchtime when it finally cleared.  This meant that by the time James got through the door at 2pm, both Meg and Eli were bouncing off the walls so we grabbed our coats and wellies and headed for the door.

There was a country park I wanted to try out, which wasn’t too far away.  As we only had a couple of hours before dusk started to fall, we needed somewhere close by so we could make the most of it.

Yarrow Valley Country Park is 700 acres of woodland and open space set alongside the River Yarrow.  It has everything you would want in a park:

…somewhere to feed the ducks.

…somewhere to play poohsticks.

…and of course, somewhere to play.  I have to say that although we didn’t have time to explore the woodlands, by far the best bit of the park is the playground.  It has been created to blend perfectly with its surroundings and is made from mostly natural materials.  

Both Meg and Eli absolutely loved exploring all the nooks and crannies, from the tunnel to the giant rope swing and we didn’t manage to leave until it was almost dark as we couldn’t drag them away.  

As we had left it until the end of the day to visit, the park was deserted but I imagine it can get quite busy during the warmer months.  We will certainly be heading back to see as it gets the thumbs up from us!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  • Lucy

    January 12, 2015 at 14:33

    That looks like an ace place to explore and play. And it looks like you had it to yourself which is always fun.
    We are aiming to get out to some different places too this year, just generally to have more little adventures near home and really explore whats on our doorstep. We're enjoying it so far! x

  • Sarah Christie

    January 14, 2015 at 10:06

    I am so glad I discovered your blog today it is so pretty, I love the design, and the parc looks fab my youngest would just love the tunnel xx

  • Lisa

    January 14, 2015 at 10:10

    looks gorgeous. We are too very lucky that we have lots of countryside
    on our doorstep (despite living really close to London! On Sunday we went for a
    walk and ended up taking 2 hours and getting very muddy! Zach fell asleep and
    we just carried on walking! There is nothing like a brisk walk in the fresh
    chilly air! Enjoy lots more of your outdoor fun – I can’t wait for it to warm
    up a bit more!

  • Lisa

    January 14, 2015 at 10:10

    That looks like so much fun! you are really good getting them out when the weather is so cold, it's one thing I struggle with x

  • Potty Mouthed Mum

    January 14, 2015 at 10:14

    Looks lots of fun and they definitely seem to be having a fab time! xx

  • Suzanne Whitton

    January 14, 2015 at 10:37

    Ah looks like a great day out! This was one of my goals last year and we weren't all that successful at it to be honey – must try harder! x

  • Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)

    January 14, 2015 at 10:51

    That playground does look brilliant, I like it when they keep it natural looking like that. I do like getting out exploring, too, and am determined to do so this weekend! x

  • Let’s Talk Mommy

    January 14, 2015 at 21:39

    We have the same goals to get out and about int he great outdoors with the kids more. I stayed in far too many soft play areas last year. hahaha This has motivated me. lol Love the photos. Looks like everyone had a great time. 🙂 Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. Sorry if you had any trouble commenting on my site today as the host is being transferred there are a few glitches to fix. Apologies. #sharewithme

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