We’ve not been to Batsford Arboretum since N was just turned 3, so I was interested to see how far he could walk without moaning he was tired. Turns out, pretty much all the way round.
I usually take N out in the mornings, because I like to miss the crowds, plus it gives me time to relax in the afternoon and get back in plenty of time to make tea. But N announced in the morning that there was going to be a switch round and he’d go on the farm in the morning and come out with me in the afternoon. Little did he know there were disadvantages to this!
So straight after lunch we headed out to Batsford.
Being the afternoon (and Autumn, prime time for leaf colours!) it was pretty busy everywhere we went, but we still managed to see everything we wanted to. It was a case of picking my photo timings so we got chance to take photos without others appearing.
We did pretty much a full circuit, taking in the water fall, lake, giant redwoods, thatched cottage, japanese deer and dog, and the bridges.
N of course found several sticks which he insisted on carrying round with us (and taking home ‘for the fire’).
And we had the obligatory ‘mummy I need the toilet’ when we were at the further point away from the start and the toilets. Thankfully, he then decided that he was fine. Grr.
I was surprised how quickly we walked round the place. N’s not the fasted walker, we stopped for some leaf kicking, a rest at the Japanese rest house, and spent some time prodding around with sticks
The colours weren’t that far advanced compared with what I’d expected, but there were some gorgeous leaves and berries around. A great opportunity for taking photos.
After me saying no to an ice cream, cake and snack when asked, I think N was coming round to the fact that maybe mornings are better for going out in. We did stop for a quick drink before heading back through the crowds in the gift shop and home.
Batsford’s a lovely place to walk round, although once you’ve done it in each season, there’s not that much new to see each time because it’s not as large as you may expect.
Look for other arboretums to visit across the UK.
Let me know how you get on at Batsford.