What a gorgeous sunny day to try the Room on the Broom trail! It’s a 2 mile circular walk around the lake, with a £2 activity pack available to help you along your way!
Distance: 2 miles (9000 children steps!)
Facilities: Toilets, Visitor centre, Play area, Picnic areas, Drinks van, Bike hire & cafe.
Access: Nice wide paths suitable for buggies and bikes
Parking: Charges do now apply- check website for current prices. http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/sport-and-leisure/parks-and-countryside/parks/anglers-country-park
We started the trail explaining to our excited three year old the characters to look out for- today she was going round on her bike as we walked behind her. I’d highly recommend re-reading the story before you go, it’s great to be able to ask the children what they think they’ll find next- or who the footprints might belong too! And Jess was excited to see the dragon,
If you don’t have the activity pack, head round the lake in an anti-clockwise direction. There are signposts for the walk to keep you right.
It wasn’t long before we started to spot the wooden carvings- there are metal shapes dotted too for rubbings if you fancy it (there’s a sheet in the activity pack to use- unfortunately we didn’t spot it until we got home :-().
What would a lakeside walk be if not for an opportunity to feed the ducks? Bags of bird seed are available from the Discovery centre for 50p a bag.
There are lots of benches along the way to stop for snacks and to admire the view.
After the dragon sculpture, where the path turns away from the Lake, it is a little distance up a track before you reach the cauldron.
Back at the centre there’s a great playground for children- not a huge amount for toddlers, but a swing and a couple of slides are enough to keep our daughter happy!
The trail was a great chance to keep Jess engaged in being outdoors, she loved spotting characters and thoroughly enjoyed herself! Best of all she completely wore herself out and had a mammoth nap once back at home!!
If you’ve come for the day, after a play and a cafe break to re-energize those little legs, you might want to explore the fantastic Haw Park Wood.
If you’re children enjoy trails featuring stories and characters, make sure to look at this list of previous posts!