There’s nothing better than suddenly deciding to go out, cobbling a few very random picnic items together and jumping in the car (ha, who am I kidding? It takes at least 5 trips to the car to get us all packed and strapped in) and heading out. Which is exactly what we did today!

After a grey morning, the weather picked up and it seemed a waste of the day to stay in…so we set off to RSPB Coombes Valley which is less than 3 miles away from home. The boys were wearing their wellies and I had also packed their sun hats, so we were fully prepared for any kind of weather.

Raring to go

After parking, I sent Stanley over to the donations box to pay our parking fee (£4.00 for non members). We had a vote and the boys decided that their tummies couldn’t wait so we went straight over to the picnic benches which are handily next to the carpark. Within the picnic area there is also a mud kitchen set up which kept the boys happy while I ate my lunch in peace – bliss!

Picnic over, we headed into the reserve. Entry is free. The path down into the valley is fairly steep and rough underfoot so I wore Eli in a hiking carrier on my back. We took our time and James’s little legs managed just fine.

A happy mummy, and a grumpy teething baba

From the main path Stanley spotted a huge den and piles of logs to add to it. So naturally we had to go and investigate.

The den

Both boys added a log to the den and played inside for around 10 minutes while I took in the scenery.

Den fun

A bit further down the path and we saw the signpost for the canopy walkway. Up another small but steep incline and we were at the gate.

The canopy walkway

Walking a netted suspended walkway between the trees is pretty magical, esp if you’re 4 and 2 years old.

There was lots of running, jumping to make the walkway bounce and pretending to be birds. Even Eli cheered up!

A slightly less grumpy teething baba

Once out of the canopy we headed further up the path until we found another sign, this time for a treetop lookout.

By looking through the cut outs in the lookout (shaped as birds, butterflies and insects) you could see over the valley but at this time of year we were also looking at a carpet of bluebells which was just beautiful.

The lookout

Back on to the path and we came across some buckets suspended on a pulley system running between the trees.

Pulley buckets

The boys just loved this. We played a game where one of them closed their eyes and the other put some natural goodies into the bucket…think along the lines of bracken, a twig, a stone and a snailshell. Then they opened their eyes and pulled the bucket along them had to feel inside the bucket and guess what was in there! While they took it in turns to guess, I fed Eli on a nearby bench.

Once Eli had settled we carried on our adventure and found a fairy village and then a giant spiders web to play on.

The giant web

THEY both had great fun on the spiders web and I even managed to snap a reasonable photo of the four of us!

Four Go! Daddy was at work, boo!

On the way back we visited the canopy walk again before slowly walking back up out of the valley.

Stepping stones and balancing beams

We are an outdoorsy family and love anything with nature at its heart, but I really feel like RSPB Coombes Valley have gone above and beyond to make the reserve a fun place for children while engaging them with their natural surroundings. Stanley’s verdict in the car on the way home, BEST DAY EVER!!

As a Wiki Mama for North Staffordshire, I’ve added this Wiki place to, your go to website for finding amazing places to go with your littles. Whether that be for an epic adventure or a much NEEDED hour out of the house!

All images are my own unless otherwise credited.

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16 responses to “Review: Treetop Trekking at RSPB Coombes Valley”

  1. differentgates Avatar

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  2. Carol Avatar

    Looks like everyone had an amazing time – a great place to wander! #MMBC


  3. Jayne (@SMABLblog) Avatar

    What a lovely place to walk around. We haven’t been here before so we’re now planning on going! Your little ones looked like they had lots of fun! Thanks for sharing your day there. 😀 x #MMBC


  4. kerrybearman Avatar

    What an amazing place to have so close to home! It looks like you had it all to yourselves. I love little local hidden treasures like that, and the kids looked like they had an amazing time! Thank you so much for linking up with #KidsandKreativity, I really hope you come back next time x

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    1. Dirt, Diggers and Dinosaurs Avatar

      We saw a lone birdwatcher and that was it! I think we’ll be regulars 😃


  5. Lauren The Helpful Hiker Avatar

    What a fab place. It’s great when there is somewhere so awesome to visit so close. I loved the treetop walkway and it really looks like they have gone above and beyond to get children engaged with nature at Coombes Valley. Thanks so much for linking up with us #AdventureCalling

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  6. exploringthelandscape Avatar

    Looks like you had a brilliant day out and there certainly seemed to be a lot to keep the kids occupied. I know Rowan could have spent a ridiculous amount of time with the bucket.
    Thanks for saying hi at #AdventureCalling

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  7. grandadventurestory Avatar

    What a fab place to have on your doorstep. My boys would be in heaven. There’s something so special about being up at tree level. #adventurecalling

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    1. Dirt, Diggers and Dinosaurs Avatar

      We are very lucky. I can forsee many future visits!


  8. Navigating Baby Avatar

    This looks like an amazing place. My kids would be in heaven. Thanks for sharing with the #DreamTeam and I wish we lived nearer!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Dirt, Diggers and Dinosaurs Avatar

      We’re pretty lucky to have it on our doorstep!


  9. thisscribblermum Avatar

    It looks like you all had a great outdoor adventure. Lovely photos. #KidsandKreativity

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    1. Dirt, Diggers and Dinosaurs Avatar

      It was good fun, and free which is always an added bonus!

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  10. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) Avatar

    I love impromptu days out like this. Your boys look like they had so much fun and there was certainly plenty for them to enjoy at RSPB Coombes Valley. Dens are always fun to explore and so good for a little imaginative play. The canopy walkway and treetop lookout are a great way to get a different view and I love how much fun your boys had with the bucket and pulley and the spider web. Lovely photo of you all too. I love your hiking carrier. We have a toddler carrier like this and I’m looking forward to being able to use it again with Thomas. Thanks for sharing with #CountryKids

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    1. Dirt, Diggers and Dinosaurs Avatar

      Aww thank you! That hiking carrier has seen all three boys in it at some point and I don’t know if they are getting progressively chunkier or my back is just getting older but I can’t seem to hack it as well as I used to! But then again I don’t suppose I was running around after two others with it on either!


      1. Louise Avatar

        I can relate to that! My wrap has also been used with all three children and I’m sure it was easier with my eldest! Popping back from #KidsandKreativity this time 🙂

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