Room on the Broom Trail

Room on the Broom Trail

Dear mummy, we’re not usually up this neck of the woods, but while we were visiting friends and family we decided to stop by Anglers Country Park in Wintersett, Wakefield. The country park is 64 hectares in size and dominated by a huge lake, surrounded by grassland and woods. It used to be a open-cast coal mine in 1974! One of the deepest in the country. The lake is entirely man-made! It’s now been filled in with water and is a top nature reserve, attracting migrating birds….and visitors* each year. *inc. the occasional witch and dragon!*

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

The country park is maintained and run by Wakefield Council and is open every day of the year. It’s free too, with no parking charges which is refreshing. The visitors centre is open from 10.30 – 4pm in low season and 11-4pm in high season. There is a kids activity centre which includes information on bird watching and conservation. An adventure playground and great, cheap little cafe. Baby changing and toilets. All facilities and paths are buggy and wheelchair friendly and the route around the lake plays host to walkers, cyclists, joggers and even horse riders! We saw a group of girls on horseback cantering (even though I’m sure they should have been walking or trotting! 😉 ) it was a beautiful sight. Everyone was friendly and we had a good time roaming.

The main reason why we are here is to catch up with old friends who live nearby and see the Room on the Broom Trail which we’ve heard so much about!

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

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The trail is not for the faint hearted though…it’s a two-mile walk around a large lake, which on the day we visited, was very cold and windy.

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

We weren’t disappointed with the carvings though as there were at least 5 that we saw, but we were walking aimlessly. The visitors centre had run out of Room on the Broom activity packs (£2) and we didn’t have a map, we just followed the path around the lake.

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We saw all our favourite characters from the Julia Donaldson book ‘Room on the Broom’. We saw the witch on her broom with her hat and cat, the dog, the bird and the frog…and then the most exciting part..we saw the dragon! RARGHHHH!

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

A great place to visit for fresh air and exercise – the lake is deceptively big! I was knackered when we reached the cafe afterwards!

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

If you love Room on the Broom – you won’t be disappointed. A great FREE day out.

Love Bella x

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

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Monkeying around with the Apes of The Rock

Dear mummy, we’ve recently returned from our trip to Gibraltar to see my grandparents. We had a fantastic time on ‘The Rock’ and have seen some wonderful things on our adventures. A week ago we shared our story on the caves of St Michael’s, but there is so much more to tell you about.

Barbary MacaquesOne highlight of our trip was seeing the world famous Monkeys, or ‘Rock Apes’ as they are known locally.

They are a tailless species of Barbary Macaque (Macaca Sylvanus) Monkeys and Gibraltar’s Rock (mountain area) homes the only population of these animals in Europe!

300 monkeys live on the Upper Rock area of the Gibraltar Nature Reserve. However some Monkeys do pop down into the town occasionally to scavenge (or go shopping at Casemates). Only that morning, before we headed on our Rock Tour up the mountain, did we see one in the tree opposite our apartment.

The Rock if GibraltarWe got up close and personal with the group (troop) at Queen’s Gate near the sumit of The Rock. They are used to human interaction and came up to us and were very interested to see what was in our bags!

Nevertheless, they are still wild animals and will bite if frightened or annoyed. So we kept our distance just incase. They liked posing for photographs, as you can see!! We spotted a mummy carrying her baby in her arms which was super cute.

View from The Rock

Gibraltar’s Rock Apes used to be under the care of the British Army who controlled the population. An officer would be appointed to supervise their welfare, feed them and document them. Each new arrival was named after governors and high-ranking officers.

The Rock of Gibraltar

They received the same treatment as would an enlisted service man at the Royal Naval Hospital Gibraltar if they were sick. Since the withdrawal of the British garrison, the Government of Gibraltar now look after them.
Local legend has it that as long as the Monkeys exist on Gibraltar, the territory will remain under British rule. We can see why the tourists and locals love them so! They are beautiful animals and act like they own the place on The Rock.

Rock Ape with baby

As we were leaving, one Monkey decided to hitch a lift further down the slope, holding onto the wing mirror and then gracefully disembarking to the taxi drivers dismay. My mummy and daddy laughed at this!

A truly amazing sight and well worth a visit if you ever stay in Gibraltar.

Bella x

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