Days Out: A Winter Woodland Walk

We have spent most of the Christmas holidays at home, vegging out and stuffing our faces with more food than I knew was possible to eat. Yesterday I decided that enough was enough. We needed to go out and get some fresh air! We went to town and Little N and Ian went to get their haircut, so that they'll look smart for returning to work and starting preschool next week. We had a little wander around the shops, grabbed some lunch and then headed to Wymondley Wood to go exploring.


Living in north Hertfordshire we're really lucky to be surrounded by lots of countryside and green space, and Wymondley Wood is only a short drive from our house. It was created as an educational resource and features mostly oak and hornbeam. There are mixed plantations, grassy areas and lots of plants. In the summer it's really beautiful but it is equally as intriguing during winter months, too.




Ian is a Beaver Leader with one of the local units so he is very familiar with the wood as the Beavers often go there to explore. He led the way through the wood and found interesting things for the boys to look at. Little N was fascinated by the "Christmas trees"! We followed the footpath to walk all the way through and around the wood, and Little N was keen to take charge. We can't wait for him to be old enough to join Beavers as we think he already has the makings of a great Scout!




There is a stream which runs through the wood and often you can spot fish and other wildlife. It must have been too cold yesterday as there were none to be seen. Instead the boys had fun throwing sticks and stones in the stream to make big splashes. Such simple pleasures.




I don't think I really had appropriate footwear for a walk in the woods - yes they were boots but they had a bit of a heel! Little N had a better idea but wellies would have been ideal as it was quite muddy, particularly around the stream and pond areas. We all had a lovely time exploring though and I want to make more time in future for simple days out like this. Of course, there are no pictures of me, because nobody ever takes my photo! That is the one thing I would change about the day and I am determined to feature in more photos in 2016.




To keep Baby J toasty and warm on our day out, he was sent an outfit from George at ASDA's range of baby clothes. You can see his hooded duffle coat and lined jeans in the photos from our day but you can't see what he was wearing underneath! His full outfit is below. I love the combination of navy with the touches of yellow. He wore the stripy yellow top from the pack of three which looks great with the navy and grey buttoned cardigan. 


Bodysuits £3.50 - Tops £7.00 - Cardigan £6.00 - Jeans £7.00 - Duffle Coat £10.00

Have you enjoyed any days out with your children over Christmas?


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*Baby J was kindly sent these clothes by George at ASDA.

14 comments

  1. Aah we've been SO rubbish this Christmas holiday at getting out and about! We went out lots before the holiday started but literally — for the last week — I've barely set foot out of the house! I think a good new years day yomp is in order — to blow all the cobwebs away! Happy new year to you and your family! xx

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  2. stunning photos. We didn't get out much over Christmas (we were at my parents in York so as you can imagine, it was very wet and rainy). Planning a new year walk though. Happy new year!

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  3. Such gorgeous pictures and it is so great to get out after you've been cooped up for a while.Lucky you living near somewhere so lovely! I have the same problem with pics too cos I'm always the one taking them :)

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  4. I love areas like this, and it's great you had your own private guide! We actually have been super lazy the past week but we're planning a long family walk on Sunday!

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  5. Your photos are fantastic. This looks like such a wonderful place to explore and your family clearly had a great time. We'd love to get out but I have two poorly children at the moment, so we haven't been able to. Hoping we'll get out soon! Happy New Year!

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  6. I love getting out and about in this weather, it's so refreshing. What a beautiful little warm outfit too.x

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  7. Aw the photos are lovely! I love getting out and going places at this time of year I hate being stuck inside! You're so lucky to live near so much Countryside :) xx

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  8. Lovely photos hun! Looks like a fab walk!xxx

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  9. We only stayed in on Christmas day but apart from that we have been out every day walking the dog. Been nice to go off on some muddy walks together and then come home to chill out together. Beautiful pictures and his outfit is very cute.

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  10. Aww this looks like such a lovely day out. We originally planned to go out on a family walk, but H woke up poorly so it didn't end up happening :( xxx

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  11. We've not really ventured far to be honest, I've had so many migraines we've had to stay in a lot of the time but I'm looking forward to some adventures xx

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  12. Beautiful photos! I've surprisingly never been to Wymondley Woods despite it being oh so close. And I so get you on the 'nobody ever takes my photos' front! I have no idea how other bloggers manage to get so many whimsical 'candid' shots of themselves, hahah. xx

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  13. These photos are so gorgeous the one of Ian and the boys would make such a beautiful print!

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  14. Gorgeous photos! There's something about getting out there in this kind of weather that makes you feel really good. I feel your pain on the photo front - I'm also determined to get in more photos in 2016 - sadly my husband hasn't yet managed one that wasn't really unflattering!

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