Raring2go!’s visit to Habberley Trail (which opened in July 2020.)
We were SO excited to be invited along to see the new Habblerey Trail, just before it opened to the public on 4th July.
The trail offers 42 acres of outdoor fun in Worcestershire, on the site of the former Golf Course in Low Habberley. After a £1 million refurbishment, the trail is now open and visitors are invited to enjoy the freedom of the countryside, and the exciting array of fun obstacles along the way. Enjoy finding out how many children it takes to balance a huge seesaw; have a go at basketball Connect 4, or try the wobbly bridge.
As soon as we arrived, Manager, Roxanne, made us feel very welcome. My labrador was chomping at the bit to chase the resident goats, so once they were safely tucked away we were all set to explore! Roxanne explained that she and her family (that includes a menagerie of animals including horses, dogs and goats!) have made the site their new home, having moved lock stock and barrel from Sussex. Such is their dedication to the new venture.
The ethos of the attraction is that families can rediscover the joys of being outdoors and children can enjoy quality time away from screens, whilst still have fun on the various swings and rides along the way. All ages, and generations, are welcome to come along.
The site is really beautiful and you can see the Worcestershire countryside for miles!
We had 8 year old and 14 year cousins in our party, and both were keen to have a go on the obstacles. Even the grown ups joined in! Sat on the swing, tucked in a copse on the brow of the hill, it was actually quite therapeutic!
You can easily bypass the obstacles if you don’t want a go, or need to move on. Just follow the mowed path through the grass or look out for little white stumps marking the way. Because the management want to maintain a rustic, natural feel to the site, there is little in the way of signage or flashing arrows, so you may need to keep your eyes peeled to ensure you follow the path and don’t miss any stations (as we did!).
We took an hour and a half strolling around. The dog even had a go down the slide (though I’m not sure she fully intended to!) At the moment, timed slots are operating due to the current restrictions, although I can imagine that a group of friends could easily fill a day here, with perhaps a picnic stop half way round.
At the end of your adventure, a cafe greets you, where food and drink (and water bowls for dogs) are waiting for you. The cafe is nice and homely with an eclectic mix of textures and colours, furnished with recycled materials – again demonstrating the Habberley Trail’s objective of stripping everything ‘back to nature’
Dogs on a lead are welcome and will be allowed in the cafe only on selected days.
Booking required. The cafe is open 9am – 5pm.
The price is £5 per person, and under 5s are free.
To find out more, visit the Habberley Trail website.