Al fresco learning for kids

Youngsters look at one of the Tale Trails.
Youngsters look at one of the Tale Trails.

Trips in the Northumberland National Park will be packed with fun come rain or shine this year, following the launch of two new story walks from Tale Trails.

Exploits such as skirmishes with the Saxons, robbing gold from the Romans, catapulting into a Roman milecastle and exploring ancient hill forts will be filling young minds come bedtime, inspired by the stories written by former teacher, walker and writer, Anja Phoenix.

The first new story walk in which fact meets fiction, The Adventures of Mungo and Bran, is based around Cawfields and Great Chesters Fort, on Hadrian’s Wall near Haltwhistle.

The second, The Adventures of Mungo and Bran – Saxons, centres on Yeavering Bell Hill Fort, near Wooler, in the north-east of the National Park.

Both have been partly funded by Northumberland National Park to encourage more families to explore the wonders and heritage assets of the Park, using imagination and the heightened awareness a Tale Trail brings.

These laminated story walks are just the job for families – or young-at-heart adults – wanting to have fun in the great outdoors, while learning in an al fresco way.

Tale Trails feature a story on one side and a beautifully illustrated map on the other, but also have call-out boxes offering hints as to what to interact with en route.

The Yeavering Bell Hill Fort 4km Trail invites families to visit a large Iron Age hill fort, the site of an Anglo-Saxon palace and a Bronze Age burial cairn.

The same characters feature in both – Bran, a Celtic boy, and his fell pony Mungo.

Tale Trails cost £2.95 and are available from www.taletrails.co.uk, the Northumberland National Park Visitor Centre and local bookshops. Contact Anja on 07939 074197 for special guided walks.