Scooting round Sandwell Valley

It’s a bank holiday in May.

The weather is glorious.

We packed the scooters & the children into the car and headed off to Sandwell Valley Country Park

Sandwell Valley is a council run country park, with a working Victorian farm, acres of open space, an RSPB nature reserve and nature trails galore. There’s free parking, and the majority of the facilities are free (there are rope walks, golf, mini golf & mountain bike hire that you have to pay for – but even that’s reasonably priced).

We decided to go for a long walk around the valley giving the kids plenty of space to scoot to their hearts delight.

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I rather liked this sign post’

The boy was fascinated by the bridge that crosses the motorway:

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I always marvel at how close to ‘civilisation’ you can be whilst exploring a ‘wilderness’

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We then stumbled across some ruins. There was an information board, so we stopped to have a look.

Sandwell Priory was a Benedictine Monastery built in the 11th century and then closed by Cardinal Wosley during the Reformation. Tudor history right on my doorstep!

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History aside, we got on with the serious business of scooting

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Whoops! He wasn’t hurt though.

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Our route took us around the edge of Swan Pool, where we found one lone swan, plenty of mallards & lots of little piers to bird watch & fish from.

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Both mummy & daddy had a play on the scooters too!

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After our walk, we took the children to the Adventure Playground to blow off steam – they had a ball!

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We decided to move on at lunch time, and so glad we did. It had been busy when we arrived at 10.30, with one overflow car park open already. When we left, the queue of cars was enormous and the second overflow car park appeared full too.

With such good facilities I’m not surprised it was busy, but next time we go, we’ll probably get the metro and walk!

If you’re interested the below picture is the route we took around the valley.

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The rest of our bank holiday will consist of chilling, housework, sunshine & more scooting.

Hope you enjoy yours!

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