Family Adventure - Gruffalo Hunting

09/02/2015 22:37

It's been a rough week for our little family with both of our little ones developing tonsilitis and an ear infection. There's been lots of tears, feeling sorry for ourselves and lack of sleep that has been made worse with being cooped up all week. We decided today that they were recovered enough to venture into the fresh air and enjoy what has been a gloriously sunny winters day. We decided to go on an adventure!

It's been 15 years since the release of popular childrens book The Gruffalo. 15 years, and yet I've never managed to see one in person! I'd heard from a good source though, that if we travelled to Fineshade Woods in Corby, Northamptonshire (not far for us to go) before the month was up we may well be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a Gruffalo in it's natural environment. We bundled up warm, pulled on our wellington boots and set off on our adventure to Fineshade.

Gruffalo 15 year celebration

The sun was shining, the air crisp and cold - conditions seemed perfect in my amateur opinion. I had a good feeling about today... we might finally spy a famous British monster. We set off on our walk and within minutes spied an oversized mouse. A good start!


Gruffalo Mouse


A few paces further and we were greeted by a very friendly looking red fox. 


Gruffalo Fox


We were on a roll. The day had already been very productive, but we still hadn't spotted what we'd hoped to. Clayton was our expedition leader, and we were hoping he'd have an idea on how to improve our chances of a rare sighting. That was when he suprised us all and found a very impressive stick to walk with. A good stick always improves a walk I find, and I was hoping that this one would bring us the luck we needed. We passed dog after dog, and Clayton used his ability to bark and communiticate with the canine race to gain valuable local knowledge. We turned the next corner and were greeted by the biggest snake I've ever seen - It was lucky we had that stick!


Toddler Outdoors Gruffalo HuntingGruffalo Snake


We had definitely enjoyed our day in the British countryside and were just about to head home, pretending not to feel slightly disappointed. The snake had been the last straw and we were unsure if we could fend off any more danger, questioning if lucky was really on our side. We turned around and there in plain view of us was the infamous Gruffalo. Standing there for all to see. I couldn't believe my eyes... we had found our very first Gruffalo! Our expedition leader had made our mission a successful one and we could add our names to the list of lucky people that had seen this great and rare sight with their own eyes.


GruffaloFather Son Gruffly Hunting


The journey home was a happy one, with us feeling accomplished and proud. Our proud guide sat in the back seat behind us repeatedly saying "Nice" and "Bye 'uffalooo" until he dozed off smiling. Today had been a good day.


Toddler Outdoors Happy Winter

Topic: Family Adventure - Gruffalo Hunting

Date: 16/02/2015

By: Sara-Jayne

Subject: Gruffalo

We went Gruffly hunting a few years ago and it was so much fun! Glad you enjoyed it.

Date: 14/02/2015

By: Agata P.

Subject: perfect weather

It looks like you picked a great day for your trip... not easy to have a sunny day these days

Date: 12/02/2015

By: VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood

Subject: Adventure!

Ah! Glad you found him in the end :-) I need to check and see if he is venturing somewhere near us.

Date: 12/02/2015

By: Clare Nicholas

Subject: Love the Gruffalo

We live visiting our local gruffalo trail, so much fun

Date: 12/02/2015

By: Kara

Subject: Gruffalo

We love our local Gruffalo trails and seeing the kids imaginations building is magical

Date: 11/02/2015

By: Emma

Subject: sweet

Tonsillitus is such a nasty thing, hope they are all better and recovered.

Date: 11/02/2015

By: Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours

Subject: gruffalo

I still haven't done this with my kids, it looks fun. Great photo's

Date: 11/02/2015

By: Stephs Two Girls

Subject: Fun

Ah, that sounds like such a lovely family day out. Great pics x

Date: 11/02/2015

By: Sonya Cisco

Subject: gruffalo

These trails are so much fun arent they, we did one at a country park near us and my 3 year old loved it!

Date: 11/02/2015

By: Rachel

Subject: Can I come?

OOh I want to find the Gruffalo, this looks like lots of fun x

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