It’s easier to go down a hill but the view is much better at the top!!

This week is half term and typically Sebastian has come down with the lurgy so we had to spend two days indoors, which is most unlike us. By Wednesday we were all going a little stir crazy, but as Sebby still wasn’t quite himself we decided that it would be safer to take him somewhere quiet where he could not share his bug.

Badbury Rings is an Iron Age Hill Fort set just up the road from us, just outside Wimborne in east Dorset.  The site dates from around 800 BC and was in use until the Roman occupation of 43 AD. It is a site of historical importance, but more importantly for the children it is somewhere where they can run and play and hide and seek to their hearts content.

We arrived just after lunch to an almost empty free car park and set about putting on welly boots as the last couple of days had been very wet. Cue an almighty meltdown from Sebastian who didn’t want to wear his wellies so after a 10 minute stand off I relented and let him wear his shoes and suddenly my happy boy reappeared.

Badbury Rings

Badbury Rings is a high point in the local landscape and provides excellent views in all directions. Isaac, Eliza and Sebastian enjoyed climbing the fortifications to see what they could see around them.

Badbury Rings

We headed into the woods at the centre of the fort, but as they were shaded it was quite boggy in places, so we decided that playing on the rings was a much more sensible idea as the ground was much drier.

Badbury Rings

Sebby brought his binoculars with him so we were playing a game of what we could see. From the rear of Bradbury Rings we spotted Kingston Lacey House and the town of Wimborne. We saw a Buzzard flying high on its search for food and a Chinook helicopter that has been around for days, apparently on a training exercise. Isaac brought his sonic screwdriver along and him and Eliza were playing Doctor and his assistant – even the Tardis dropped in for a visit at one point.

Badbury Rings

We spent a good hour and a half exploring Badbury Rings, walking up and down the forts and finding mini beasts. Getting fresh air did Sebby the world of good and he seemed much chirpier afterwards and actually ate his dinner which he hasn’t done all week.

Badbury Rings

I think we have found a new favourite place to visit with the children and next time we hope Sebby will wear his wellies so we can explore further!!

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16 thoughts on “It’s easier to go down a hill but the view is much better at the top!!

  1. Charly Dove says:

    Oh wow Kara Badbury Rings looks absolutely stunning. What a wonderful place to hang out, blow away a few cobwebs and breathe in some fresh air.
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  2. Globalmouse says:

    What a beautiful looking place! It really looks like somewhere to go to blow away the cobwebs. Gorgeous.
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  3. oana79 says:

    Kara, you are so good, taking your little ones to so many lovely places! Sebby looks adorable with his binoculars, hope he is all better now!xx
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  4. Ickle Pickle says:

    Oh this looks like a great place to visit – I hope Sebastian is feeling all better now. Kaz x
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  5. Stephen says:

    Well despite Sebby not quite being himself, it looks as though you had a great day out!
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  6. Sonia says:

    That looks like a fab place to visit, hope he’s feeling better soon and no one else catches it x
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  7. I hope that your son is feeling better now – this sounds like a perfect outing for all of you.
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  8. Thank goodness we’re not the only family which goes out with sonic screwdrivers and play Doctor Who!
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  9. Ninjacat says:

    Looks like a super place to visit .hoping the lurgy clears up
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  10. Sarah Bailey says:

    Oh no, why does the lurgy always hit at the worst time, looking like you had a fantastic time at Badbury Rings though, what a gorgeous looking place.
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  11. Sonya Cisco says:

    I love Badbury Rings – bet it was muddy after all that rain at the beginning of the week!
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  12. Jen says:

    It looks like you had the whole place to yourself. Perfect for a family adventure. I often found getting outside helps my boys too
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  13. I love how much you do with your family, this looks like another lovely place to visit. 😉

    I hope the lurgy moved on by now x x
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  14. Jaime Oliver says:

    aww this looks like such a beautiful place to run free and explore! We need to make more effort this weekend to get out and about we have spent too many days inside this week
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  15. Coombe Mill says:

    What a wonderful place to have so close by and perfect for a boy just recovering from the lurgy. I wonder why the wellies were an issue this time, I’m guess ing he was still not quite feeling himself but I’m sure the fresh air was good for you all. Lovely to be able to take advantage of the beautiful autumn weather this year. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.
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