Friday, 23 September 2016

Lookout its Five on Friday!

Hello

It's so nice to see you.  Luckily you've arrived just in time for Five on Friday, the link-up with Amy at Love Made My Home so there are plenty of great posts to look at if you follow the link.

I thought I'd take you for a walk to The Lookout today - it's described as an all- weather venue with 90 hands-on science and discovery activities, but it is in the middle of a forest with lots of footpaths, cycleways and café so you don't need to go to the children's activities or playground if your children are in their late twenties like mine!

One - Children

My visit coincided with a school trip so there were too many children about for photos in the Discovery area. There were so many things they could do - launch a hot air balloon, build a dam in a stream, climb a scaffold to tile a roof, break light beams to play music, puzzles or play in the outdoor park and loads more besides.  On special days some poor adult can wear the Eric the Owl costume, their mascot, and frighten chat to all the children!



These stickers stuck in a ball were an attempt at getting the children to dispose of them in a sensible way, rather than litter the area.


Two - Adults

You can hire bikes to explore the woodland.


Or test your skills at Go Ape, climbing up in the canopy, whizzing down zipwires following a segway course and such like.



There are lots of trails to follow, even a mountain bike one.




Three - Woodland

Swinley Forest, 2,600 acres of Crown land, has mainly pine trees with bracken which is turning brown now.  It was so peaceful, the birds were twittering away as I followed the Heritage trail towards Ceasers Camp.



One area had been cleared and all the trunks piled up.


Four - Pools

Forest Pool was as still as a mirror. Dragonflies flitted about. My camera wouldn't let me zoom as the batteries were running out but I managed to photograph one as it hovered.



Five - Café and Shop

The building blends in well with the surroundings and it's nice to have a cup of coffee, a look in the shop or at the tourist information to finish off your walk.





I hope you've enjoyed a quick look round and that you have a great week.

Bye for now

38 comments:

  1. Go Ape - Living Life Adventurously - made me smile :DD So fun!

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  2. It looks like a great place for kids. We have a nature reserve near us that's set around an old quarry (now flooded) and it has similar things. They discourage bikes though, so it's very restful.

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    1. That sounds good, they really do their best to make the place interesting for people and wildlife alike these days.

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  3. What a great place. Your dragon is a southern hawker x

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    1. Is it, thanks for the info. I saw another huge one in another pond which had bronze wings sparkling in the sun but it wouldn't keep still!

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  4. Looks a great place with activities to suit all ages. I bet you had a great time discovering everything:)

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    1. It was fun, I'm always looking round for something to photograph, I bet you are too! :-)

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  5. Lovely to come along with you in this way and get to explore new places! Glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for joining Five On Friday, lovely to see you, have a good weekend! xx

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    1. Nice to see you too Amy, looking forward to hearing about your visit. x

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  6. Thanks for taking us on a tour! It looks like a wonderful place to visit.

    Happy Five on Friday

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  7. It looks like a really great place to visit.

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  8. What a fabulous place for everyone. Loved the ponds. Have a great weekend :) B

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  9. I used to live near there. Great place, thank you for sharing.

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    1. What a coincidence! Hope it brought back good memories.

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  10. You certainly took us on a wonderful tour, looks like great fun.

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  11. What a great place for all ages to enjoy. Wish they had places like that around when I was young! xx

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    1. Lots of space for everyone and loads of people there enjoying it! Enjoy your trip. x

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  12. Now this is just our kind of place! Living life adventurously sounds fun!

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    1. It does sound fun although choosing which colour yarn to use next can be as adventurous as I get!

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  13. I enjoyed the title of your post! I'm glad to see the Lookout Discovery Centre as I used to go there with our family and also take groups of primary school children. Good to know it's as popular as ever with new attractions such as Go Ape. The woods are great for walking and cycling too.

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    1. Yes it's still going strong, quite a few people there when I went. They've started charging for the car park now though!

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  14. What a wonderful place with something for everyone. The Discovery centre looks fascinating for children and adults alike - so much more interesting that dusty museums when I was young!

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    1. It's all hands on now isn't it! Good for the old imagination I suppose!

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  15. We love the Lookout and had many a lovely walk there!

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    1. We're very lucky to have so many great places nearby.

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  16. Wow, It looks like fun place to bike!! So wonderful to test your skills before the adventure!
    Happy weekend to you!

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    1. That's true. I think you can hire the bikes for a couple of hours so you could cover quite a few miles in that time! Thanks for visiting.

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  17. Fun for all ages at the Lookout. The Ape sign makes me smile.

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    1. The things they come up with! They were busy cutting back the trees, so nobody was swinging from the branches when I visited.

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  18. It looks like a great place for a day out, with or without the kids.

    Diana

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    1. Yes lots to do for everyone. Have a good weekend.

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  19. This looks like just our sort of place for a day out, so much going on and yet perfect for a quiet dog walk too. Lovely pictures Karen xx

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    1. Your dog would love it, so many interesting smells and places to dig! No swimming in the pool though, probably just as well! x

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