Sunday, 19 September 2010

A weekend stroll: Low Sizergh Barn

This Saturday my mum suggested that we take the kids for a nature walk at Low Sizergh Barn just outside Kendal. They are a working organic farm with a free trail through the farm and neighbouring woodland. So suitably attired with wellies and waterproofs we headed off on the trail.....


One of the first things we came across that got the children excited was a special warning sign:



The farm trail initial was on farm track down passed a field full of chickens and other fields that were empty. The path was fairly narrow with plenty of nettles so it was a good job we all had long trousers and sleeves. There were plenty of different kinds of plants and flowers alongside the path too. Presumably in spring and summer there would be plenty of butterflies and other insects to spot.

After crossing a stream on a wooden bridge we went across a large grassy meadow [Gunpowder Works Meadow] following the Farm Trail arrows. It's only tonight I discovered that we could have downloaded a map of the trail from the web site! We then entered Low Park Wood which has plenty of trees and other vegetation to spot and identify:



The trail meanders through the woods and there is plenty to keep children amused especially if they enjoy paddling in the streams! Finally the trail exits the woods and goes back over a field towards the farm:


The reward on returning to the farm is a nice cosy tea room with plenty of choice for a breakfast, light lunch or Cumbrian afternoon tea. If you arrive in time for the 1:15 PM milking then this can be viewed from the tea room! There is also a very tempting gift shop and a farm shop selling lots of delicious local produce.

A super day out for families with primary age children or younger. 



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