With the promise of more sunshine at the weekend we had a short drive to Frensham Little Pond, a National Trust site. It’s only a few miles drive down the road but we haven’t had a walk around it since Charley was small, and with the news that there was a cafe there now, what more persuasion did we need?
We headed to Tern Cafe for a spot of lunch before we started our walk. After ordering our sizzling bacon baps and lunch bags for the children we found a table in the sun and munched through our food. It was busy in the cafe area with lots of families and dog walkers buying their refreshments, there were also a couple of swans eagerly awaiting any snippets of food, though they were more likely to get barked at by the numerous dogs.
Feeling full from our yummy lunch we set off on our walk round the pond. The path that we took around the pond was fairly flat and smooth, so our double pushchair coped pretty well with the terrain.
We followed the path round, Charley enjoying running around and walking her little baby dolly along the sandy floor, making her feet all sandy. I told Charley that it was ok as we could wash the dolls feet in the pond. With this news, Charley dug the dolly into the sand to make her grubby so she could stop in the next alcove of the pond to dip her dolly in.
The poor dolly ended up getting wetter and wetter so that she had to have her clothes taken off. Continuing our walk, Charley picked up a handful of fallen pine cones, saying it was straw for the dolly to have as a bed. Thankfully the dolly was put to bed and spared any more washing in the pond!
On the way round we saw a fluffy little caterpillar, a red toadstool (how often do you get to see actual red toadstools?) and so many, many dogs. Charley is still keen on having a little dog (and a cat).
There are some lovely areas around the pond, lots of little alcoves for toe dipping when the weather is warmer, lovely little bridges to wander over and acres of heathland.
Charley walked around most of the pond until she fell over and then had a stint on her Daddy’s shoulders, which was a good job as it was in the sandier area and the double is obviously much harder to push when there are two in it!
There are also ‘beach’ areas for when the summer returns next year (it will at some point surely!) that are great for having a paddle in. As we know there are a cafe and toilets now we shall definitely be returning.