Beddington Park in Wallington is somewhere I’ve not visited for years, so when friends suggested meeting up there I was eagar to visit after so many years.
Parking was free, really easy and directly next to a nice little cafe that serves hot and cold food and a huge variety of delicious, Cornish icecreams that I just couldn’t resist trying!
After a coffee and a wizz around the large playground we headed towards the River Wandle that runs through the park creating a stunning, tranquil setting for the children to play in.
Nets and buckets in hand they all braved the cold water to seek out any little critters that were hiding in the reeds.
They were really successful and managed to catch quite a few shrimps and bull head fish. I was informed by my friend that this was their name as I’m really not clued up at all when it come to distinguishing species of fish!
This really is a beautiful spot to spend a few hours exploring and is absolutely perfect to visit whist we still have such good weather.
Seeing as we have been blessed with such wonderful weather this weekend we took our first trip to Earlswood Lakes in Surrey today.
I only had the youngest two with me and they always favour running around in big open spaces rather than playgrounds so this seemed like a great place to try out.
We arrived, parked up with ease and went exploring. The boys loved running along the edge of the lake collecting sticks and feeding the ducks and swans.
There is plenty of space to set up for a picnic or play a game of football and a handy cabin to grab a drink or a bite to eat.
On the upper lake you can take out a rowing boat or a pedalo that the boys were itching to do!
I’m not great around water with the little ones and tend to freak out a bit, but all toggled up in their life jackets and calmly sitting on the boat we set out across the lake.
We glided around taking in the beautiful views, catching the sun and looking out for the ducks.
Legs aching just a little we made our way back to dry land and walked round the wooded area that surrounds the upper lake.
There was a thin concrete wall cutting off a section of the lake that I attempted to cross but wimped out on. In true ‘Super Grandad’ fashion he showed me up by grabbing number five and walking across with ease!
I can’t believe we have not had a trip here before but will now be one of our favourites.