We spent a lovely day yesterday with Andy and his family at the Moors Valley County Park, a huge parkland area run jointly by East Dorset County Council and the Forestry Commission. Rather cleverly, I think, they do not charge for entry but there is a hefty car park fee instead. We began by exploring the area on hired bicycles. It's many years since Ava and I rode bikes but, with JD safely tucked into a trailer, we set off through the beautiful countryside cycle paths, stopping only now and then to massage our bottoms and check we hadn't lost anyone!
After the bike ride, we enjoyed a picnic and then on to a huge playground with sandpits, elaborate slides and a model steam train to ride. JD is just loving spending time with his cousins. The park also has lakes, nature trails, a wildlife centre, fitness runs and a very cool "play trail" where kids walk from one large contstruction to another through the forest, each of which has different climbing challenges to try. We were all utterly exhausted by the time we got home for a delicious roast chicken meal, courtesy of chef Ali.
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