The latest in the set of activity trails from Julia Donaldson and the Forestry Commission is Zog; the keenest Dragon by far! My kids all love the Julia Donaldson / Axel Scheffler books. Recent trails have had their difficulties; the Gruffalo’s child was really loooooooong and the Highway Rat was impassible by pushchair and incredibly muddy so I was interested to see how this one would be.
The trail starts at the end of what was the old car park. If you stand with the visitor centre window behind you and look down the road then you’ll see the sign for the start of the trail (incidentally this is also the start of the new, and very awesome, play trail. For photos of the play trail click here).
The trail costs £3 per child and you can buy packs from the visitor centre or Go Ape. You can walk around the trail without having to buy the activity pack but the items included in the pack do really add to it.
The first section of the trail is very muddy (yes, it’s the woods but it’s slippy, suck you down kind of mud) and quite steep. You cannot get a pushchair down here and I wouldn’t recommend trying to get scooters etc down here either. It’s takes you down a section of the woods that I’d not been down before and then it joins up with the same path that the Gruffalo’s Child trail was on. The biggest difference is that this trail is a LOT shorter, it’s actually quite a manageable trail for all sizes of little legs.
Along the route there are large boards with activities to do that are (sometimes tenuously) linked to Zog and wildlife. There are also lots of animal reveal points where you use the special “tool” in your activity kit to reveal the hidden animal. Normally you can see what’s behind things like this but actually we really struggled. There are also lots of the different dragons from the story dotted around.
I think they’ve got the trail right this time, it’s a reasonable length and there are lots and lots of signs to spot to keep the children’s attention whilst you’re going round.
You can read my full review of Wendover Woods, the new facilities and the new play trail by clicking this link
Entry to Wendover Woods is free. The trail costs £3 per kit.
Parking / how to get here
Wendover Woods, Upper Icknield Way, Aston Clinton, Bucks. HP22 5NQ
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