I'm a Mum of two boys living in Oxfordshire, enjoying lots of fun activities and writing about them when I get a chance.
Published February 2nd 2014
An artistic nature trail
There are eleven different mosaics to spot on the nature trail
The Windrush Mosaic Trail runs from Standlake to Newbridge or vise versa. Only two miles long and on the flat it makes it an easy walk to do with young children. Partly paved road and partly paths along the river, it's an easy amble.
There are a few extra elements that make it a little more interesting for children and keep their attention. As you wander along, look out for the interesting mosaics which act as markers along the nature trail. Inspired by nature, 'Art Underfoot' involved the local community in creating these lovely mosaics from recycled materials. Why not bring a camera with you and let your kids take a picture of each one they find along the way. There eleven mosaics in total from a woodpecker, to a fox and simple butterfly.
If you're looking for a more circular route you can loop around the old gravel pits which have been turned into lakes making it an ideal pathway to follow if your kids aren't quite old enough for a two mile walk like mine. You'll still see plenty of mosaics and you can break at the picnic area for lunch on a sunny day.
As well as the mosaics you're sure to see lots of real wildlife on the way. Along the route there are several bird hides. We really enjoyed hearing the cacophony of birdlife as we meandered along the trail. Unfortunately with the recent flooding we couldn't make out to the hide this time but there are two points that you can view the birds without disturbing them in the nature reserve.
The Lower Windrush Mosaic Trial starts just outside the Mulberry Bush School but there's nowhere suitable for parking there. If you fancy a pub lunch before or after your walk I would recommend parking at the Black Horse which is less than a couple of minutes walk from the start point.
Take a circular route or walk from Standlake to Newbridge