Things to do (for free!): Narnia Trail, Banstead Woods

Narnia trail banner

My oldest has read the first couple of the Narnia Chronicles, but my youngest wasn’t familiar with the stories or characters.  It didn’t matter as we set off through the woods and they were delighted to soon come across the first statue of “Lucy” (there’s nothing worse than making kids walk for ages until they actually spot something!), quickly followed by Aslan the lion, the White Witch and wardrobe complete with wooden “clothes” hanging inside.  The carvings are beautiful, done with a chain saw (amazing detail!) from fallen trees.

Narnia photos final

Along the way there are wooden boards carved with nature signs (though they aren’t marked with arrows).  The trail itself is short (around half an hour) but the boys delighted in playing in the many dens along the way, finding painted pebbles, climbing trees and we finished off with some geocaching (more on that in a future post!).

Parking is in the Holly Lane carpark and is free and relatively easy (though we went on a Sunday morning and there were just a few spaces left). A perfect little outing for a morning or afternoon for kids of all ages.

Lou’s top tip: I couldn’t find a particularly detailed or current map so I downloaded this one and I’ve marked where the new White Witch is.

Narnia trail map

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