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SECRET FAIRY TRAILS OF ST. NEOTS

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What better way to spend the summer holidays by staying in the cool shade of trees looking for fairies?

Each of the secret fairy locations is unique and special. I have tried to give a guide of how you and your children can get the best of the adventure to maximise your experience but obviously, feel free to make this your own.

First on the fairy tour.

1.       Buckden’s Enchanted Woodland Walk

This is a lovely route around the grounds of Buckden Towers where the Queen Catherine of Aragon once lived! This is the special home of the secret woodland fairies, sometime you can catch a glimpse of them fluttering in the light on a sunny day.

As you walk along the trail there are many pretty fairy decorations alone the route. Keep walking and you will find a wishing tree which will hold all your wishes. At the end of the trail you will find the sheep and that will lead you back to the car park.

How to get there: The woodland walk is located in the grounds of Buckden Towers (St. Hugh’s of Lincoln). Drive into the church grounds through one of the small metal gates off the High Street, Buckden (PE19 5TA). The woodland route starts on the left of the carpark straight into the trees parallel to the road. It is free to park and view the grounds and gardens.

Final notes: Buggy friendly when dry weather.

 

2.       The Enchanted Forest - Eaton Socon, St. Neots

To add to the magic I would suggest you park near the Eaton Socon Football Club ground and take the small pedestrian route that runs parallel to the park and road. It’s not very far and you can talk about all the fairies with their beautiful homes and shops. Once you arrive at the Pightle walk deeper into the wood and you will start to find fairy magical decorations, this is the fairy city. There are houses, fairies, fairy shops and in the centre is a wishing tree. This is a wonderful magical place of fairy things. 

Notes: Buggy access is fine but it can be a little bumpy in the odd places of the wood. If you find the walk is too far you can park near the cricket ground at the end of Peppercorns Lane, PE19 8HL or St. Mary's Church, Eaton Socon PE19 8EJ both of which are around 10 minutes walk depending upon your little ones speed.

Sat Nav for Eaton Socon Football Club is PE19 7AU and for the Enchanted Wood PE19 8UG.

 

3.       Fairy doors of Great Paxton

Can you spot all the fairy doors in the photo? Some of them are very hard to find as the ivy tries to hide them. The Fairy doors are visible from the trail and are close to each other so you do not need to venture too far into the wood, just remember that fairies fly so look to the trees. I do not know how long the trail is but it does look like a good adventure for active families.  It is not suitable for buggies.

How to get there: Park in Mount Pleasant by the playground (PE19 6YJ), turn right and walk through Bishops Way. As Bishop’s Way turns the corner you will see a pedestrian footpath and this takes you to almost opposite the woodland fairy trail which is marked by an orange dog poo bin.

4.     The Enchantment of Aunties Wood -Loves Farm

This was my number four but unfortunately I have just found out that it has been cleared. 

Finally, we had really good fun looking for all these fairy adventures. We seemed to have been so lucky that such lovely volunteers take care of our fairies and the wood. 

Louisa x

 


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