We have had The Green Fairy Trail on our wish list for some time, so it was with great excited that we headed to Swinfen near Lichfield on the A38 to the Heart of the Country Village after school last week.
The Green Fairy Trail has been set up in the woodlands by the car park and it is great fun for kids to go and explore. There are signs for the Green Fairy Trail from the car park and you walk passed the big pigs they keep there which are always good to watch.
The walk is perhaps a few hundred metres into the woods (all signposted) and then the trail is in a fenced area that you can easily walk around within 10 minutes with little people. But it takes longer if you look in all the fairy doors which we loved.
My kids loved running down the trails and finding the hidden fairy doors and windows. There is a Flying School, Goblin Towers, Magic Mirror, Fairy Door Factory and much more.
I really love little trails like this, where so much thought and care has been taken to make the experience magical.
Afterwards, there are plenty of shops to look around at the Heart of the Country Village. Or perhaps tie it in with a trip to the creperie which is always a favourite with us!
The trail is free and car parking is free so a great way to spend an hour or so.
My other favourite local fairy walks are:
Arley Arboretum – find the hidden fairies in the trees. A great place to visit in the Autumn with all the different coloured leaves.
Trentham Gardens – find the fairy sculptures as you walk around the beautiful lake. A great place to visit at any time of year.
Longshaw in the Peak District – pick up a map to follow the Boggarts’ Trail and search for the mischievous boggarts! There are a few fairy doors too. We visited on New Year’s Day this year, and there are lots of muddy paths and tree dens to explore.