The Stickman Trail at Moors Valley


Julia Donaldson is one of my favourite authors and when Moors Valley did fhe Gruffalo trail we did it a number of times and loved it.

The Gruffalo trail is sadly no more but in its place is now the Stick Man trail and we took part last weekend.  It is free to do if you just want to follow the trail, but we paid £2 for a booklet, a pencil and three chenille straws that had extra activities for the kids to do.
Moors Valley

It takes a completely different route to the Gruffalo trail which is fantastic seeing as we are quickly heading into winter.  This takes you all around the lake and into the forest from a direction I had never taken before.  The first challenge was to make a frame with your fingers and draw what you see.

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If I am honest the trail was a bit of a slow starter but as we got further around there was more and more to do and it is a lovely walk (or run).

Moors Valley

We had also been told to look out for 4 stick men as we went around the trail.

Moors Valley

You don’t have to have read the book to enjoy the trail and there were excerpts of the story dotted around on trees which was lovely as I got to read those bits to the kids on route.  There were even other short stories and poems dotted around, as well as identifying the types of trees we could see and questions asking what we use wood and sticks for.

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The stick man trail was about a mile and a quarter, but the kids managed it without whining that they wanted to sit down.  One of the favourite activities was building their very own Stick Man using the chenille straws we were given……

Moors Valley
The Stick Man Trail

building a stick tower……….

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and then building him a house farther along the trail.

Stick Man Trail
 We all had great fun and managed to find all 4 Stick Men – well you couldn’t really miss them!
Moors Valley

Don’t worry if you’re not close to Moors Valley – the Forestry Commission have Stick Man Trails all over the UK and you can even download packs online to have your very own Stick Man adventures.

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15 thoughts on “The Stickman Trail at Moors Valley

  1. Laura Mummy to Boyz says:

    we love Moors Valley too! always a great day out #CountryKids

  2. Absolutely blinkin’ awesome post with great photos – loved reading read #magicmoments

  3. TheBoyandMe says:

    Looks like you had a fabulous time, wasn’t it glorious weather? We went to Highcliffe beach and had a great time, wish I’d been able to meet up with you, maybe next time.

    Nipping over from Country Kids.

  4. Louise says:

    this looks fabulous, some great photos – stick man is a favourite in our house. will definitely be going when he visits Sherwood Pines which is our local forestry commission forest. x

  5. Coombe Mill says:

    That sounds and looks like great fun for all the family and in such beautiful surroundings – what more could you want for great outdoor fun. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

  6. says:

    Our house never tires of the Gruffalo! Looks like loads of fun #countrykids

  7. Mary @over40andamumtoone says:

    What a brilliant idea. Looks loke the kids had a great time too

  8. 76 sunflowers says:

    I love Moors Valley but is a bit of a trek from here. And Stick Man is ready to be brought out with our pile of Christmas books to read soon 🙂

  9. mumturnedmom says:

    Brilliant – we love Stickman! My younger boy would love this 🙂 #WhatstheStory

  10. Laura CYMFT says:

    This looks fab! I love Julia Donaldson too 🙂

  11. Charly Dove says:

    What a fabulous post Kara, looks like everyone had such a great time. We love Julia Donaldson books especially Stick Man. Love the photos too. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

  12. MamaMummyMum says:

    I would love to do this with my girls #whatsthestory x

  13. Lucy Heath says:

    Oh next time we are down at Southbourne we need to go to Moors Valley! xx

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