Yesterday, half of our tribe took a trip to National Trust - Packwood House near Lapworth.
On arrival the car park wasn’t too crowded and there was plenty of parent and child spaces which was very helpful! We took a short walk around the gardens but a lot of it was unfortunately closed off for reasons we don’t know...we did, however, discover a ‘Welly Walk’ route that the staff told us about and one that we didn’t know existed the last time we visited; it’s across the road from the exit of Packwood House so be careful as you have to cross the road to get to it.
The walk takes you through a plethora of wonderful woodland where you stumble upon log circles, tree stumps, a wooden wind chime and wooden stepping stones (which my biggest girl believed had been put there just for her). There was plenty of space when we happened to come across people but in all honesty we didn’t see that many people whilst we were walking so it was perfect to let our girl just run!
We saw a few gates as we went so I presume you can go through these to make your welly walk shorter but we just followed the path and found ourselves at the start again. The ground was uneven in places so I would suggest taking smaller children in a sling/back carrier if you can...we did see a couple of people walking it with buggies but I took our littlest in a carrier and it was much easier.
The walk can take anything from around 30 minutes to an hour depending on how many stops you make on the way around. We will definitely do this walk again but next time we will take the boy half of our tribe! Just one thing to note - it is called a ‘Welly Walk’ for a reason. I’m guessing when the weather has been wetter that it would be very very muddy so go prepared. Toilets and Baby Changing facilities are open by the car park. If you’re able to get your hands on National Trust tickets then definitely put Packwood House on your list.