It has been a week since the lockdown rules have been relaxed and it although we are lucky enough to have some beautiful walks on our doorstep, it has been lovely to go a little further afield as the kids were getting a little bored of seeing the same sights.
We are lucky enough to live in Dorset, so have lots of beautiful countryside around us and haven’t travelled anymore than 15 minutes from home by car.
This week we ventured to Badbury Rings, an Iron Age hill fort just outside Wimborne, so perfect for some impromptu history lessons too. The site dates from around 800 BC and was in use until the Roman occupation of 43 AD.
We have visited before and the kids love running up and down the banks, but this time we explored the area around the rings too, which treated us to woodland walks and some spectacular views over the surrounding countryside.
Although the car park was full when we arrived, it is a large area and we hardly saw anyone when we were exploring.
The paths are wide and there are plenty of passing places if you need to move out of the way to let someone past.
The pathways are mostly mud / gravel and were uneven in places, something to bear in mind if taking a pram / pushchair, or if visiting after it has been raining.
The best bit about Badbury Rings is the space and the kids loved being able to run and play.
They raced up and down the banks, climbed trees and chilled out in the shade.
There was even some playful games as Kian leaned the kids over the edge of the fort, testing their trust.
We met some of the locals, who seemed completely unfazed by our presence.
Plus, we even managed a family photo, thanks to our drone, which my husband has been itching to take out for weeks!
Badbury Rings is the perfect location for a walk or a picnic as there is plenty of space to spread out and maintain your social distance.
The carpark is owned by the National Trust and parking is free at the moment. There are limited spaces, which will also help keep the number of visitors down.