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This summer has seen us discovering more of the county we live in and one of the places we have visited recently and enjoyed is Bearsted Woods near Maidstone.  Also known as the People’s wood, the area is a good size for exploring with small people as the walks are all a shorter length and there is a lovely play area too.  We took a picnic and found a great choice of tables to sit at and during the hours we spent there, I think we only saw one other family!

We crossed over a lake and saw a field of friendly goats and there were signs around the area telling us about insects and nature we could spot on the trails.  We found a maze mown into the ground and although it wasn’t tall enough to get lost in, the kids loved finding their way through it.  One of their favourite features was a line of painted rocks that extended for many metres and we wished we had brought one with us to add to the snake of them along the side of the path.  The paths were wide and well maintained and the kids loved going off route to explore their own short cuts (which were usually much longer).

Bearsted Woods, the peoples woods, maidstone
Bearsted Woods, the peoples woods, maidstone
Bearsted Woods, the peoples woods, maidstone
Bearsted Woods, the peoples woods, maidstone
Bearsted Woods, the peoples woods, maidstone
Bearsted Woods, the peoples woods, maidstone

We planned our day so that the playground was at the end of our walk.  All through the woods there are ‘trim trails’ which are stations with instructions for specific exercises, like the monkey bars, balance beams and spots to do star jumps.  The main playground was great though and there was something for all ages.  If you live locally, it is a lovely place to spend an afternoon but there are no amenities in the woods so you do need to bring enough water and use the toilet before you arrive.  There is a small shop not far from the playground if you need to stock up on anything (we went on a very hot day and ran out of drinks before the end of it).  For any Pokemon Go enthusiasts, there are also lots of Pokestops and two gyms within the woods!

Bearsted Woods, the peoples woods, maidstone
Bearsted Woods, the peoples woods, maidstone
Bearsted Woods, the peoples woods, maidstone
Bearsted Woods, the peoples woods, maidstone
Bearsted Woods, the peoples woods, maidstone
Bearsted Woods, the peoples woods, maidstone
Bearsted Woods, the peoples woods, maidstone
Bearsted Woods, the peoples woods, maidstone
Bearsted Woods, the peoples woods, maidstone
Bearsted Woods, the peoples woods, maidstone
Bearsted Woods, the peoples woods, maidstone

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