The Gruffalo Trail is an accessible arboretum sculpture wander through magnificent and varied woodland; suitable for all forms of wheels including wheelchairs and pushchairs. This all weather path is popular with families and is not a place for solitude, especially in school holidays! The trail is dotted with sculptures and woodland activity ideas to encourage adventurers to interact with nature. Also on site is a cafe, toilets, shop and playground along with longer way marked walks around the site.
Distance:almost a mile (we walked nearly 1.5 miles after playing and investigating)
Time: around an hour (it took us 1 hr 30 mins with lots of stopping to play!)
From the car park go past the shop, cafe and toilets then follow the trail up the gentle slope through Lime Avenue.
Our adventurer just loves leaves… very easily pleased in an arboretum!!
Follow the trail around the corner where you will find… a little brown (yellow?) mouse!
After Mouse turn left, following the signs, heading downhill…
With a bit of off-roading if you fancy…
We said hello to Fox and then had a look at some of the fantastic dens people have made in the woods behind.
Along the trail are a number of activity stations, here are a couple to give you an idea – we wouldn’t want to spoil the whole surprise!
Continue along the trail, following the signs along Jubilee Walk. Why not get hands on with some trees?!
At the end of Jubilee Walk you will come to this junction. The path turns left and goes downhill…
.. however, if you go straight on the just behind the trees is a fantastic view point with the stunning scenery of Herefordshire, the Black Mountains and mid-Wales stretching out before you. Well worth the slight detour.
After re-joining the main path you will soon stumble upon our next little friend. Owl.
At the bottom of the hill follow this sign and continue straight on at both junctions.
The path now sweeps around the bottom of the hill. Our adventurer seemed to want to get as close as possible to all the grubbiness nature brings – must be a toddler thing!
Further around the trail we had lots of fun in what definitely looked like the deep, dark, wood….
Where we also bumped in Snake… why snake, hello!
Keep following the signed pathway – it would be quite hard to get lost!
But make sure you don’t miss out on the final surprise… a hunt in the woods for the Gruffalo!
But where is he hiding?
Use this map to guide you on your way. Click to enlarge.
Click on the map below to view it on ViewRanger.
The map reference is SO 505 510.
Queenswood Country Park is a Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and Herefordshire New Leaf site. The site is well maintained and a comfortable family trip to the woods. There is a cafe, toilets, shop and playground on site along with lots of parking. There is a £3 parking charge.
Directions: Queenswood is situated at the top of Dinmore Hill on the A49. Follow the brown and white signs at the top of Dinmore Hill.
Details about public transport to Queenswood can be found here.
The Beckingham family