Finding Stick Man & Gruffalo

FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35.0mm f1.4 1/1500s Gruffalo

The kids are huge fans of the books of Julia Donaldson, particularly The Gruffalo and Stick Man, so they were very excited when we took them to the Stick Man Trail at Alice Holt Forest in Surrey this past weekend.

FUJIFILM X-E2 35.0 mm f1.4 1/480s Peek-a-boo
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35.0mm f1.4 1/480s Peek-a-boo

The trail itself is just one of the shorter walks through the forest with signs for the kids to look out for on the way. There is a treat at the end however where larger than life carvings of the eponymous characters await.

FUJIFILM X-E2 50.0 mm f8.0 1/125s Stickman Trail #1
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 50.0mm f8.0 1/125s Stick Man Trail
FUJIFILM X-E2 50.0 mm f5.6 1/60s Bark Rubbing #2
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 50.0mm f5.6 1/60s Bark Rubbing
FUJIFILM X-E2 29.5 mm f4.7 1/75s Look, Another Bench!
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 29.5mm f4.7 1/75s Look, Another Bench!

It is perhaps a little long for the intended audience; my nearly-four year old is an excellent walker but was struggling towards the end. There is a shortcut that can be taken halfway and it seems most people take this route as there was no one to be seen once we passed it. It is mostly fine for buggies too although you’ll have to navigate some very muddy puddles on the way.

FUJIFILM X-E2 50.0 mm f5.6 1/60s Tree Climber #2
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 50.0mm f5.6 1/60s Tree Climber #2
FUJIFILM X-E2 35.0 mm f2.0 1/1600s Gruffalo Hugs
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35.0mm f2.0 1/1600s Gruffalo Hugs
FUJIFILM X-E2 35.0 mm f2.0 1/1600s Stick Family
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35.0mm f2.0 1/1600s Stick Family

I can highly recommend it for an afternoon’s adventure. The search for the sign posts kept the little ones interested and the forest itself is quite beautiful. The Stick Man Trail ends in the spring, so waste no time if you want to see it!

FUJIFILM X-E2 35.0 mm f2.8 1/300s Adventures in the Forest
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35.0mm f2.8 1/300s Adventures in the Forest

More images of the forest itself will follow soon…

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