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Published November 16th 2017
Come and find Peter Rabbit and friends
The Peter Rabbit Trail is a fun and enchanting walk where the whole family can enjoy exploring and learning about nature. In the heart of the Essex countryside, this trail was created by artists to pay tribute to the much-loved children's author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter.
The trail takes you on an unforgettable circular walk around the stunning reserve of woods, meadows, lakes and hills. Five solid wood sculptures of Beatrix Potter's famous characters (Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Squirrel Nutkin and Tommy Brock) have been placed along the path for you to discover. The trail itself takes around 45 minutes to complete and there is plenty of places to stop for a picnic. There is even a fun playground for the children to play in!
If you want to see and learn more about nature, Langdon Hills is the perfect place for you! There is so much to explore as nature reserve boasts an impressive 461 acres. It is home to an array of wildlife such as weasels, foxes, badgers and many species of bird that you can spot if you are lucky. The area is also home to thirty rare butterfly species including White Admiral, Green Hairstreak, Marbled White and Grizzled Skipper. Over 350 wild flowering plants have also been recorded in the summer months.
Kids can take part in the trail quiz which introduces them to Potter's stories and characters, along with fun facts about the wildlife they represent. Also, don't miss the fun and educational wildlife garden situated behind the visitor centre, where there is lots of wildlife to explore (Please be aware that dogs are not allowed in the wildlife garden).
It is highly recommended to bring a picnic in the summer months as the area boasts some of the highest land in the county. During May and June, there are seven different species of wild orchids in bloom which create a spectacular display on the meadows… a perfect picnic location!
The beautiful views of the surrounding countryside will make you want to come back time and time again and don't forget...there are many other walks in the nature reserve to explore! It is recommended that you pick up a map for 50p at the visitor centre so you can make the most of exploring the whole of the nature reserve. The well-marked "flower" trail will take you on a walk along large open fields with stunning far-reaching views. There is also a gravel path the whole way so it is easy to get around with a pushchair and an added bonus is that you won't get too muddy!
Can you find Mr. Jemermy Fisher hidden on the trail?
After your walk, you can visit the large visitor centre, which has a well-stocked gift and bookshop with Peter Rabbit merchandise. There is also a café where you can buy snacks and refreshments including yummy local jams.
No matter what time of year it is, the Peter Rabbit Trail is always a fun and educational day out for the whole family!