Stick Man Trail, High Lodge, Thetford Forest

December 10, 2016

During the summer we visited High Lodge, Thetford Forest. Whilst we enjoyed one of the woodland walks take a look all the different sculptures that have been placed around the forest. We never got the opportunity to complete the Stick Man Trail, so I promised the children that we would go back and complete it. Time has got away from me and it was only at the weekend that we managed to make it back to the forest to take a look at different activities and enjoy the Stick Man Trail.

Stick Man Trail, High Lodge

Thankfully, there was no frost when we awoke on Saturday morning and whilst there was a chill in the air it was not as cold as it had been during the week. With my new Berghaus jacket, hats and gloves gathered up as well as the kid’s winter coats we jumped in the car for the short trip to Thetford Forest.

Arriving we walked towards the information point to find the start of the trail. Gathered in front was a huge collection of dogs and their owners, ready for a morning walk in the forest. However, all the dogs were identical, seriously, at first I thought I was seeing things but no. We decided that they were all brothers and sisters and that they were meeting up for a family reunion before Christmas. Not sure if this is true but we thought it a good reason.

Stick Man Trail

After our encounter with all the dogs, we headed down the start of the Stick Man Trail. Coming across a sleeping Gruffalo’s Child snuggled up with their Stick Man. The children loved this and the attention to detail on the sculpture was fantastic.

As we walked along the trail there were helpful signs with arrows directing us along the correct path (always helpful when the children are navigating). As well as the directional signs there was a selection of pictures posted around the trail following the Julia Donaldson story.


If my memory serves me well, there are 10 activities to complete along the trail. From building dens to creating your very own Stick Man. Alongside this, there are a number of play areas and interactive features for the children to enjoy. There was a small adventure park in the heart of the trail which felt like a scene from Peter Pan. I could just imagine the lost boys running along the ropes into the wooden huts.

With the uneven forest floor, scattered with roots and fallen leaves I was pleased that I’d brought the iCandy Peach All Terrain pushchair with us. Whilst I was anticipating still having to push and shove my way across the uneven ground, I was surprised that it took it all in its stride and glided across as though I was pushing Piglet down the street.

Family Fun

Along the trail, we decided to have some family fun, from setting each other challenges to finding items. To hiding behind trees to seeing who could find the next character sign first. So much fun and lovely to be able to laugh and giggle with the children. We did get some funny looks from the dog walkers and cyclists along the trail but hey, who cares!

Whilst I was happily snapping photos of the children throughout our visit, Roo asked whether she could take one of me. Now for those who know me, will understand when I say ‘I take the photos, I’m not in them‘ (which when my children look back and don’t see any of me will be quite sad). Seizing the day I said yes to her and actually, she did OK – I might need to sign her up to a photography course and she can be my official blog photographer.

With the forest a little chilly I was pleased I’d worn my new women’s jackets from Millets, the 3-in-1 design gives me the flexibility to wear the fleece inner, the waterproof outer or them both together. Whilst it wasn’t freezing, I am ready to bring on the cold in the weeks ahead… I just need to find a new pair of gloves, or maybe the ones that attach to the handles of the pushchair.

Oh Help! Oh No! It’s a Gruffalo!

In previous years High Lodge offered a Gruffalo’s Trail which the finishing point was finding the beautifully carved Gruffalo sculpture in the forest. Thankfully the Gruffalo still remains and is part of the Stick Man trail.

Whilst I was snapping photos of the Gruffalo, I managed to capture this photo of Piglet blowing kisses to him. Too cute…

Time for Stick Man

*Spoiler Alert* At the end of the Stick Man trail, there is no Stick Man. The children were very disappointed. Although you can make your very own stick man as part of one of the activities along the trail, we did expect to see a sculpture of the Stick Man similar to the Gruffalo and the Gruffalo’s Child.

With a quick play on the adventure park, we decided to head off and make our way home for some food. Once we got home, we snuggled up on the sofa and watched the Stick Man DVD

Have you been to the forest lately?

  • Sara December 13, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    My guys love Stick Man, so I’m sure they would really enjoy this trail! Looks like you had a great day, love all the photos 🙂 #countrykids

  • Claire December 17, 2016 at 10:43 am

    We did the stick man trail in October at Grizedale forest in the Lake District.This trail looks just as good. Love the play area too. You are right the photo of your littlest blowing kisses is too cute. #countrykids

  • Mary December 17, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Love the blowing kisses photo – adorable. We love these trails and Monkey’s always been happy to make his own Stick Man, he’d love to see the Sleeping Gruffalo’s Child! so cute #CountryKids

  • Sherry December 18, 2016 at 8:34 am

    We did the stick man trail in the New Forest this year although didn’t have a Gruffalo there (slightly jealous!), it looks like a fab adventure #CountryKids

  • Heidi December 18, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    We love Thetford High Lodge and spend many a happy day there. We too were expecting to see a Stick Man sculpture on the trail but at least they’ve still got the Gruffalo one. The photo of Piglet blowing kisses is just too cute! x


  • Dean of Little Steps December 18, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I didn’t know they still had Stick Man trails. If only we had one nearby. Looks like your kids had so much fun too! 🙂 #countrykids

  • Stacey December 18, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Stick man is one of my favourite children’s books, Olivia has got it in her christmas eve bag this year. The trail looks like great fun.

  • Josefine December 18, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Looks like a lovely day in the Forest! I love the Gruffalo trails it’s brilliant how they engage kids in enjoying everything the outdoors has to offer. Lovely pictures too xx #countrykids

  • Emma T December 18, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Love the behind the tree photos. I must try and get to one of the stick man trails with N. I’ve not got round to it, but they’re always good for kids his age. #countrykids

  • Coombe Mill December 19, 2016 at 6:48 am

    Piglet blowing kisses is just gorgeous and I love the photo of you too. I’m the same and so very rarely in my photos, your daughter did a great job and definitely needs to be camera lady again. I love the look of all the forest play equipment and even more so your family fun games, these are what make countryside outings memorable. The giant Gruffalo is amazing and as you say, a shame it wasn’t done for stick man too. I’d have thought with a few fallen branches it could have been an easy one. May be I should make a Coombe Mill Stick Man for our trails.

    Thank you for sharing your day at Thetford forest with me on #CountryKids

  • Jo Addison December 20, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    I love a day out at the forest, and the Stick Man and Gruffalo Trails are a great way of making a trip to forest even more fun for kids. I love the photo of Piglet blowing kisses at the Gruffalo.

  • Stephanie January 4, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Now this sounds like a great place to visit, I love the stick man film and so do the kids!

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