With more rubbish weather today, even I was finding it difficult to feel the park love. As soon as we arrived at Moses Gate Park, it started raining – fortunately, I’d chucked the wet weather gear in the car before we set off. I actually managed to take some photos during the few sunny spells though – it would be a shame to publish grim and miserable looking images of what is actually a lovely place to visit.
The carpark is next to one of the lakes and it’s a short walk to the visitor’s centre and playground. There are excellent signposts and maps in this park, and a variety of marked trails that you can follow. Instead of sensibly following one of these we freestyled and ended up having to double back on ourselves. Luckily there are plenty of benches dotted around, so CJ could give her little legs a rest from riding “big bike” through the copious mud.
The Visitors Centre has loads of information about the wildlife found in the park and about the wooden sculptures dotted around (you can see one – a dragonfly -from the main road as you approach). They also have leaflets with activities to follow for older children. There’s a coffee machine in there as well if you need a warm up. The rangers organise lots of events – there are “short walks” at 10.30 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, and a fun sounding “Fairy Trail” for 0-7 years olds on 13th September, 11am to 1pm. Contact numbers on the council website here.
Next to the Visitors Centre are the dipping pond and the playground. The playground is a real winner. There were plenty of older children on what looked like a school trip, having a whale of a time on the wide range of equipment. Obviously, CJ wanted to try out lots of things that were too old for her, as well as spending plenty of time in the toddler area, with its excellent climbing frame. She had her eye on that rather large slide built into the bank in the background…..!