I have mentioned before how grateful I am to live in such a lovely location, with the beach and the forest both a short drive away from us. We have been to Moors Valley country park on numerous occasions and it is always a nice place to go when the kids need to let off steam or we want a nice walk in the forest. The kids really enjoyed the Gruffalo and Highway Rat trails, which Moors Valley have had in the past, so when I heard that there was a new themed trail, this time based around the new Shaun the Sheep film, Farmageddon and organised by Forestry England, I knew the kids would love it.
We headed along on a Sunday afternoon. The weather wasn’t brilliant, but the rain was holding off, and it wasn’t too windy, so we pulled on the wellies and headed out to complete the trail. Although the app is free to download, you do really need to purchase at least one activity pack in order to fully take part. These include a UV pen-torch, activity book, Shaun the Sheep ears, stickers, a pencil and clue sheet, cost £3.50 and are available from the Moors Valley visitor centre on arrival.
We chose to buy one, but the boys did argue quite a bit over the pen torch, which you use to illuminate the clues around the trail, so if you have the money for it, I would probably recommending getting one per child if they aren’t great at sharing.
The trail had less VR effects than the others we have done, but it also felt more interactive, and longer, with plenty of challenges to take part on as you go round. The app is brilliant at prompting you to complete these, whilst keeping track of your steps, and encouraging you to visit each marker with little puzzles for each one.
I did find that a couple of these were fairly tricky for younger children (I struggled with a couple much to Ed’s amusement), but as long as you are working with your children, the trail is suitable for most ages. The website recommends age 5-13 for the Moors Valley Trail but both Cameron (aged 9) and Benjamin (aged 3) enjoyed themselves.
The trail, which is around 1.4 miles, took us just over an hour to complete at a fairly leisurely pace, but if you have more time, you can always veer off the course to explore other areas of the country park before you continue. Moors Valley also has some other fun activities you can take part in before or after, if you want to spend the day there.
It is worth mentioning that parking is quite pricey. We parked for under 2 hours at the weekend and it came to £8. In the grand scheme of things, that works out at just £2 a person for a family of 4, as entrance to the park itself is free, but it can be costly if you are going along for the day, and something to factor into your budget when planning a visit.
The Shaun the Sheep trail is on at Moors Valley Country Park, and other forest parks around the country, now. You can download the accompanying Glow Trail app for free from the App Store and Google Play.