Stick Man Trail at Alice Holt

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Stick Man Trail Alice Holt

Last weekend we braved the cold to visit the Stick Man Trail at Alice Holt Woods. All across the country the Forestry Commission have teamed up with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler to create various trails based on some of their most loved children’s books. Our nearest trail is at Alice Holt, and is home to the Stick Man trail, as well as a Gruffalo and Gruffalo’s Child sculpture.

The Stick Man trail is set up around Alice Holt’s accessible easy access route, so is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair users. For older children, you can purchase an Activity Pack at the Visitors’ Centre for £3, but we opted just to follow the trail since Max is a little young for this.

Although it was cold, the day was sunny and we saw some lovely woodland sights.

Stick Man Trail Alice Holt

Stick Man Trail Alice Holt

Alice Holt Stick Man Trail

Max isn’t keen on walking, particularly in the cold, but we’re trying to encourage him to do a bit more. As you can see below, this is going down well!

Stick Man Trail Alice Holt

Stick Man Trail Alice Holt

There are various activity points along the way, where you can take part (many of which you don’t need to have bought the activity pack either!)

Activity Point 3

The highlight of the trail for Max was the end, where we were greeted by a giant Gruffalo statue (and a giant Stick Man, although Max wasn’t remotely interested in Stick Man when there was a Gruffalo around!)

Gruffalo Statue Alice Holt

Gruffalo trail Alice Holt

Running toddler

Alice Holt Stick Man Trail The Finish

The trail took us around an hour at a slow pottering pace and many toddler related detours back the way we came, so is a good length for kids. We warmed up with a hot chocolate in the Cafe on the Green afterwards before heading home.

The Visitor’s Centre and Cafe open from 9.30, and the car park opens from 8.30.

Car parking is operated through a ticketless barrier system, and costs £1.80 for 1 hour, £3 for two hours.

The Stick Man trail and Gruffalo sculptures will be at Alice Holt until the spring. You can find your nearest Stick Man trail here.

 

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33 Comments
  • Little Steps
    February 17, 2016

    This looks like a fun thing to do! I heard Stickman is over at the Eden Project too. We were supposed to go, but we’re scheduled to visit the in-laws soon. Maybe next time! 🙂 #bloggersukClub

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 17, 2016

      Oh, Stick Man at the Eden Project would be amazing! The one at Alice Holt is there for a while longer – maybe check the dates? Although they seem to be doing these all the time – I think there’s been a Gruffalo one and a Superworm one too, so there’s bound to be another chance.

  • Wendy Hughes
    February 17, 2016

    Looks like you all had fun. We went on a stick man trail near us too, although there wasn’t a Gruffalo statue there. Leo would be very jealous that max got to meet the gruffalo!xx #BloggerClubUK

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 17, 2016

      Oh, what a shame! The Gruffalo was the absolute highlight for Max (although if he’d not been there maybe Stick Man would have got a look in!)

  • Squished blueberries
    February 17, 2016

    My sister went to Alice Holt recently and recommended it to me. I think we will definitely be making. The trip after seeing your beautiful pictures, it looks like a lot of fun. My 2 year old is obsessed with the Gruffalo and loves stick man too. Have you seen the animated version that was on over Christmas? We’ve watched it a lot of times! I think I’m going to have to take her

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 17, 2016

      I’d definitely recommend it if you’re fans of Stick Man and The Gruffalo! I think the mistake we made was not having acquainted Max quite enough with Stick Man (it’s a bit long and involved for his patience levels), so he was only interested in the Gruffalo (which isn’t really the focus of the trail!) Maybe watching the TV version would get him a bit more into it – that one passed me by!

  • Louise George
    February 17, 2016

    I love these trails as a way of encouraging children to explore the woods – we did the Gruffalo Trail at Alice Holt a couple of years ago and have just done the Stick Man trail at Wendover Woods. Max looked like he enjoyed himself – and always good to know whether the walk is buggy-friendly too.

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 18, 2016

      Thanks Louise – I’ve always loved a good walk, but I always worry now about walks in the woods with the pushchair, so it’s great that they’ve laid this one out on such a good path! I just checked out Wendover Woods and it’s not as far from us as I thought, so one for us to explore another time!

  • Anosa
    February 18, 2016

    I wish we had similar woodlands where we live as it would be nice to go on a trail walk as I am having a knack for them these days

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 18, 2016

      There’s nothing better than getting outside for a walk, is there? I love it! This one was a little on the cold side though, so I’m looking forward to when the weather warms up.

      • Anosa
        February 19, 2016

        The only time I find myself walking and exploring is when I am on my mini weekend getaways every few weeks but outside that I have nothing here (always stuck in the office 🙁 )

  • georgina davies
    February 18, 2016

    This looks so much fun for the kids, I absoloutely love country walks, in our house the muddier the better lol (the joy of boys) so the weather wouldn’t put us off either, it’s good it offers push chair trail options too xxxx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 18, 2016

      The pushchair I find has severely limited our walking lately as Max is not a great walker yet, so knowing that the path is pushchair friendly was a big seller for me! I can see already he’s going to be a typical boy and into all the mud – shame he hates his wellies at the moment and keeps muddying up his shoes!!

  • mummyofboygirltwins
    February 18, 2016

    Brilliant photographs!!! And what a fab trail! Looks amazing and such great fun for kids. My TWINS love anything stick man or gruffalo (although who doesn’t?) hee hee xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 18, 2016

      Thanks Jess – I was really impressed with the trail, and also quite pleased with my photos for once! I was slightly concerned that Max might have been a bit scared of the Gruffalo at the end as he’s so big, but he loved him!

  • Leah Miller
    February 18, 2016

    This sounds like a wonderful day out for kids of all ages, and one of those days where you could make it last an hour or 3 hours! I love all the photos, Alice Holt Woods looks beautiful. We live right next door to 100 Acre Woods, I wonder if they are doing the same kind of thing? xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 18, 2016

      Yes, I could see us taking much longer to do the trail if we had kids who were a bit older – and a picnic too if the weather was a bit warmer! It’s worth looking up if there’s one near you – they seem to have these trails all over the country.

  • Laura Crichton
    February 18, 2016

    This looks AWESOME. We love the gruffallo- couldn’t tell you anything about the stickman! Had to chuckle at the picture of Max ‘walking!’

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 18, 2016

      Yeah, we’re not doing too well on the walking front – it’s a good job we could take the pushchair! On the plus side, my arm muscles are super strong from carrying him so much!

  • Ana De Jesus
    February 18, 2016

    Is that who I think it is? It looks like The Gruffalo and what a fun trail too, I love exploring woodland environments!

  • Lisa (Travel Loving Family)
    February 18, 2016

    This looks like a great half day outing with youngsters. I especially like the hot chocolate finale!

  • kerry norris
    February 18, 2016

    This looks fab. The kids love being outdoors although my daughter is currently scared of the gruffalo lol x

  • Danielle Parker
    February 19, 2016

    I need to go! My kids are 3 and 6 and would adore to find the gruffalo in the woods! Love your beauitful pictures too x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 19, 2016

      The Gruffalo statue is really fab – the purple prickles on his back are the best bit I reckon! Hopefully there’s a trail near you somewhere – they seem to be pretty well distributed across the country.

  • Hopes, Dreams and Chocolate
    February 19, 2016

    Ahh we did the Gruffalo Trail here a couple of years ago and it was fab. We haven’t had a chance to do stickman yet! Looks great albeit a bit chilly! My girls are older and can take scooters/bikes so a bit easier. We are hoping to try their sculpture trail at some point. Thanks for sharing! Kathy x #bloggerclubuk

  • MudpieFridays
    February 22, 2016

    ww I have had my eye on this for a while and was meant to go the weekend just gone but in the end we couldn’t make it. Its so on my list though! I do love Alice Holt. The Gruffalo is just the best and they never seem to tire of seeing him! Thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUK hope to see you again next week x

  • Stephanie Robinson
    March 14, 2016

    Looks a great family trip – and even though it’s still a bit chilly at times it’s great to get out in the fresh air isn’t it? #citycountrylife

  • Becca @keepingupwithejoneses
    March 15, 2016

    This looks brilliant and you’ve given me an idea for a days entertainment in the Easter holidays!! I can’t blame Max for not wanting to walk when he has that lovely cosy buggy 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #CityCountryLife again xx

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