Tag Archives: Wakefield

Sandal Castle

Hula and I get a little bored if we’re cooped up indoors, so we try to get some fresh air as much as possible. It was very blustery on Thursday, but as the sun was still shining we ventured out.

We took a trip to Sandal Castle in South Wakefield. The castle is steeped in history from the War of the Roses and the Civil War. It’s free to park and to walk around the castle. We found that the walk was the perfect distance for toddler legs. The panoramic views of Wakefield and surrounding area from the top of the castle are stunning.

There’s a visitor centre/shop next to the castle. We had a look around as the weather was beginning to turn. The staff were very friendly and geared up to work with children as they offered Holly a number of  activities (Hula decided to colour in a rainbow which was particularly appropriate as Richard the Duke of York died nearby).

Well worth a visit and I’m sure it would be a spectacular venue for a picnic.

(Check out Wakefield District for events)

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Holly took a stroll through the deep dark wood

On a beautiful early Autumnal day, Holly and I went out for a little adventure. The weather has been so warm over the last week that we couldn’t waste the opportunity of getting some fresh air and exploring somewhere different.

After a quick browse online, I found Seckar Wood Nature Reserve . If you know the Wakefield area at all, it’s about one mile from Newmillerdam . Holly hasn’t been to a woods before. We packed a picnic, and invited some friends (Holly brought the Gruffalo, I brought Marty bear from Martin House).

There is a free car park that can accommodate 20 cars, we were the only ones parked. We passed Newmillerdam which was heaving. However, for the two hours that Holly and I were out and about, we saw one other person. It was sublimely relaxing to just listen to the birds, our steps reverberating off of the hollow floor and leaves crackling under our feet.

Holly was a little nervous at first and refused to open her eyes. However, after we had our lunch, she seemed to come out of her shell. It was great to watch her negotiate the tree roots as she walked, and look at things with anticipation and excitement. A simple but splendid day together. Please enjoy our photos of some of the lovely and interesting things that we saw.

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