A rare occurance, erm, occurred this week. It was dry and sunny! I had Pip on my own because Bee was in nursery, and I had energy! So we headed out for some much needed Mummy and Son quality time at one of our favourite places – Leighton Moss RSPB. There’s nothing better for bonding than getting out and enjoying nature together 🙂
After a short play in the visitor centre discovery garden, we headed off to explore. And we went in the opposite direction to normal – towards the Causeway! I haven’t been down that way since Pip was in his pushchair and I waved like a saddo fan girl as Michaela Strachan and Chris Packham whizzed by in a golf buggy the first time they filmed at Leighton Moss! 😂
There’s two reasons we hadn’t been that way since. Firstly, Pip hasn’t been able to walk that far because of his lack of energy due to Coeliac disease… Which is now fixed, hurrah! Secondly, the route there took you onto the unpavemented road before heading back down to the Causeway… Which is also now fixed with the addition of an excellent Boardwalk which takes you through the reeds to the Causeway! Hurrah! It’s wheelchair/pushchair friendly too.
By this point Pip was feeling a little chilly, so we flew down the Boardwalk to keep warm. For much of the journey I was in front… I do hope he was flapping the whole way too, because I certainly was! Apologies to anyone who thought there was a mad woman who thought she was a bird – that was just me encouraging my 3 year old to keep going!
At the end of the Boardwalk we were greeted by this charming little Robin…
I’ve been told that seeing a Robin is someone saying hello from heaven. Although I’m not religious, this felt very poignant as just a few minutes earlier I saw a man who reminded me very much of my late father. He was walking hand in hand with his grandson, not much older than Pip. Visiting Leighton Moss would have been exactly the kind of thing my Dad would have loved to do with his grandkids had he had the chance. It felt like the little Robin was confirmation of this, and it really made me smile 🙂
We continued down the Causeway all the way to the recently refurbished hide, halfway down. We saw some swans, but Pip was most impressed by the reflection in the drop down window! Admittedly, it was pretty impressive. So crisp and clear.
We had our snacks there while admiring the beautiful view. Pip loved our ‘picnic’ 🙂 Will definitely do it again.
After that we headed back the way we came, towards the visitor Center.
We then went the other way from the visitor centre to catch some late afternoon sun atop the Skytower. Although it opened last year we’d not been up yet. We weren’t disappointed. You get a great view of the reserve and the network of channels that are usually hidden.
It was such a beautifully sunny day I actually sat down and sunbathed for 5 mins while Pip enjoyed the view from various aspects (I.e. Ran around from spot to spot!). And of course, we took a selfie to remember the moment 🙂
Another fab time out in nature at Leighton Moss, which is better than ever for young children 🙂
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