Northumberland National Park is claiming possibly the best day out activities for under £3 this summer, having created two must-do’s that tick the boxes of families who love to explore, have fun in the fresh air and learn in an interactive way that fuels the imagination.
The National Park has helped fund two brand new story walks from the talented ex-teacher, walker and mountain leader, Anja Phoenix, whose Tale Trails in Cumbria have already wowed hundreds of families.
The two fresh new Northumberland self-guided walks are based around the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall, (the Cawfields and Great Chesters Fort), and the Iron Age hill fort of Yeavering Bell, close to Wooler, respectively. The first is a 5km story walk and the second is 4km long, with both featuring two brand new characters – Mungo, a young Celt boy, and Bran – his faithful horse.
Costing just £2.95 from the Northumberland National Park Visitor Centre, Rheged (near Jct 40, M6) or online at www.taletrails.co.uk or other retailers, both are ‘portkeys’ to lost times and lands, bringing the trials and tribulations of Celts, living alongside Romans, and then later Saxons, to life.
The colourful laminated stories carry a vibrant, illustrated and specially drawn map on the reverse, so families can find their way using both visual and written guides. As they go along, the stories challenge them to spot things in the landscape, or interact with it, by doing things like leaving a coin on an ancient Roman altar and making a wish.
In this way, the landscapes and heritage sites that grown-ups love, suddenly become adventure zones with props that can enliven an excursion, provide amazing imagination sparks and leave children chattering about their day out all the way home … and all for less than £3!
If you weren’t planning on heading to Northumberland this summer, think again! Once your kids get wind of Tale Trails, pester power will rule the day!