Serpentine Woods – Alphabet Trail Family Walk
My Mum rang me up the other day and asked if we would like to come for a walk with her. Serpentine Woods in Kendal, Cumbria, was the suggested walk. I’m not from Kendal myself but my Mum is and although I have heard of these woods I haven’t ever had the chance to go to them before. Another added bonus is that the woods have an Alphabet Trail… Ooo, a challenge, I love a good challenge! The trail brochure is available from Kendal Library, but we printed a copy off from here.
The woods were planted in 1790 and during the Victorian era walls were built around the woodland for the people of Kendal to enjoy the area. The pathways snake around the beech woodland giving the area its name – Serpentine. Here we are at the start of the trail:
The start of the trail begins with an acorn and very closely followed by a vibrant butterfly hanging in the trees. Both items were bold and obvious, at this point I got a little excited, I love sculptures!
Shortly followed by a centipede, do not worry, I don’t have pictures of all the challenge for you, I’ll tell you why in a short moment.It was after the centipede when the sculptures started to get, with the exception of a few, a little smaller. We managed to find all bar 5 of the sculptures and some were really tiny, if we weren’t careful we’d have missed a few. It wasn’t helped by the fact that it was raining, and this is why the Robot doesn’t look the happiest of babies! Here we are posing with our umbrella in front of the umbrella sculpture:
The last 3 letters were positioned in a garden clearing. I can imagine Victorians playing bowls or croquet here in the past. The Xylophone has to be the best and most interactive of all the sculptures and if you look closely you can see a yo-yo at the top of the picture. It was handy that we had our umbrellas and these were ideal for hitting the bars. A stick would have worked too!
Overall I had a fun walk out with my Mum, it may have been raining but I don’t let that spoil my sense of adventure and challenge. The Robot however was a little grumpy throughout. He did sing a bit. When he is older and toddling a bit more I will take him back here as I think he’ll enjoy it. As long as it’s not raining.