An Afternoon Walk In Runnymede

6 weeks of summer vacation means you need to have the holiday chalked out. I was surprised to learn, when talking to some other mums, that they had calendars for the summer to record everything they were planning to do with the kids.

Me – I’m SO disorganised. If we were off on a holiday abroad or in the UK, I’d probably have that on my calendar but since we had nothing planned this year, there’s nothing on it. Well, there may be the odd day when there’s an event that we’ve been invited too that’s on my calendar. But other than that, its more a fly by the pants kind of outing.

Last Sunday, we decided to visit Runnymede. You must have heard of it but if you haven’t – Runnymede is the place where the historic sealing of the Magna Carta took place. The place where the Rule of Law came into force.

There are some lovely walks that you can take around with the kids too.

We stopped at the car park near the cafe and walked toward the tearoom, from there on we crossed the road over to where the site is.

You first come up to The Jurors – artwork by Hew Locke that was in commemoration of the 800th year anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. It is formed of 12 bronze chairs decorated with panels of images relating to past and on going struggles for freedom. Each chair has a different image on it and you can sit on it. So if you visit, don’t forget to capture a moment.

You then move on to the actual memorial which was erected in 1957 by the American Bar Association.

The children may not have really understood what this was about but for Jadyn it was great to do this as she had learnt all about it in school last year.

To walk back to the car park, you can take one of two route.  Either walk through a field of cows – not daunting at all as they shy away from human contact (even if you are wearing red)  Or you can retrace your steps.

We had a lovely afternoon walk. The entire route we walked was about 3 miles and there was so much beauty to take in. We saw blue dragon flies and some beautiful wild flowers. The area is great for foraging too as there are a number of blackberry bushes.

 

And we captured some beautiful moments on camera –

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