Saturday was grey, and with rain forecast for the afternoon we decided to head out early. Like many, we enjoyed watching Zog on the TV over Christmas. So this Berkhamsted family put our wellies on and took a short drive to Wendover Woods to explore the Zog trail at Wendover Woods.
After a quick stop in the cafe for some hot chocolate, we picked up a Zog activity bag from the Information Centre (£3). The bag contained some paper-based puzzles and a pencil. We saved these for inside but they’d be great to sit outside with on a warmer day. There was also a mask and stickers, which you earned doing the activities along the trail. The favourite item for us was the magic lens. When you hold this up to the boards dotted along the trail a hidden animal is revealed on each.
Information and picture boards were evenly placed along the walk, with some great activities for kids to try. Our toddler enjoyed sneaking up on people (to catch a princess) and pretending to fly. Pictures of Zog and his friends were hidden along the route.
The path was wide and fairly level; we can imagine it would be great for a buggy most of the year. It was quite muddy in places this week, with great puddles for jumping in. It’s not surprising it was so wet following last weeks snow, but if you’re visiting on a wet day you may want to leave the buggy at home.
NEW CLIMBING FRAMES
The trail also takes you past several of the climbing frames on the play trail. All are made from wood and using the natural environment. The climbing frames were great for kids of all different ages, with lots of different things to try.
The walk took us about an hour and a half at toddler pace, with stops for photographs and the climbing frames. You could easily extend the walk along more of the play trail, or to see the Gruffalo statue.
Parking costs £2.20 for 2 hours, or £4.30 for 4 hours. Parking is now controlled by number plate recognition. You enter your car registration into the parking machines before returning to your car. The car park has been relocated and extended. There were plenty of parking spaces. It took us about 15 minutes to drive there from Berkhamsted.
More information on the Zog trail is available here.