Adventure, mystery and down right oddness awaited us after our rainy morning drive from Malham.
With the whole family togged up head to toe in waterproofs (We read the reviews, and went prepared 😉), we obediently followed the sat nav and arrived at the Forbidden Corner, near Leyburn, possibly illegally. This confusion and strangeness only helped set the mood for what was going to be a day unlike any other!
However, said mood was punctuated somewhat by picnicking in the car with a 1 and 3 yr old because it was chucking it down outside. It’s quite possible that picnicking in the rain would have been easier. At least the car wouldn’t have looked like a food waste bin.
Finally the feeding frenzy finished and we headed on in like intrepid explorers ready to discover all the secrets the Forbidden Corner was holding. We were pointed in the right direction by this friendly fellow with his appropriately placed acorns.
Intrepid explorers turned to terrified toddlers when it was time to enter the dinosaurs mouth with its burps and wiggly epiglotus (or whatever the dangly bit in your throat is called!). With much reassurance and carrying, we all made it through to get pooped out the other end – much to Pips amusement (poo and related subjects are the most hilarious thing in the world right now).
There’s no specific route round and we didn’t have a map, which really adds to the enjoyment and discovery. Instead you get a photo collage of the main features to tick off as you see them, so you can work out how much you’ve seen.
There’s so so many hidden surprises, and this place just cannot be captured on camera. You have to experience it first hand. It felt to me like I was on the set of a twisted Alice in Wonderland movie/perfume advert, and some lost looking waif like girl would run through any moment in a floaty white dress and bare feet looking over her shoulder as if something was chasing her! It’s really hard to explain what it’s like, but I’d recommend a visit! Kids might get scared… We have very few photos because we spent the best bits carrying them! But here’s a few more to tickle your tastebuds. Including Pip’s second loo with a view in as many days 😂
We spent 4 hours exploring round as much as we could, and there were still bits we didn’t manage to find! We then got tea in the cafe who managed to rustle up gluten free chips and beans for Pip.
Finally, we decided to have a look in this tree on our way back to the car… It was awesome! The four or us could have fit inside, if the small ones complied!
We will definitely visit again sometime to find the things we didn’t this time, and to see what else gets added as there was development going on in various places.
Unforgettable, and definitely…