04 July 2016
Hidden Valley Camping // Inspiring the Small
Last month we ventured into the wilds of Worcestershire to take our small on his first camping trip. We stayed local (just incase), though we were sure he would love it... and we weren't wrong!
Hidden Valley (very aptly named) is an absolute gem of a site, based in Tenbury Wells, within the rolling meadows of a family farm. The owners launched the wild camp site only a couple of months before our visit, having very carefully and subtly created pitch sites for visiting tents and their own 2 beautiful bell tents. With compost toilets and solar powered lighting to boot, this site is as sympathetic as you can get to the land it lays within.
With a bounty of wildlife and natural exploration to be had, we wasted no time in animal finding and watching, once our tent was set up! Frogs, Red Kite, Muntjac and Pheasants were all spotted - and heard! - on our stay.
Our small delighted in role-play, creating his own version of what he saw with twigs, a mallet, grass and leaves - while he 'mowed' his fields with his tractor, we made hay bales with the grass for him to carry away again. Role-playing has always been so important for him to process his new experiences.
Our days were spent with early starts at sunrise, copious amounts of fresh air, walking and climbing, the joy of dining al fresco at every meal, and subsequent early sleeps.
This place was magic, and thoroughly good for the soul. One month on our small is still talking about and role-playing our time at Hidden Valley - there is no doubt that the rest of the summer will see more wild camping trips for us. There really is nothing like being that close to nature.
Have you ever considered taking your small for a wild camping adventure? Do you know of any other camp sites as eco and secluded as this one? We would love to hear from you.