Two week's ago we were invited to Walltown Quarry situated within Northumberland National Park to celebrate National Parks week. To celebrate this week long event Walltown was turned into a two day Adventure Activity playground. I had never heard of Walltown before and I had no idea what to expect from the day of adventure, so I went with a totally open mind.
I took both my girls along ( aged 13 and 3) with me on the adventure to Walltown as they love being outdoors and having fun. Even though I had no idea where Walltown was I grew up in Northumberland and spent all of my childhood summers in Wooler, Northumberland as my grandparents had a holiday home there. I have such fond memories of exploring the Northumberland countryside, horse ridding, and family days out. I think when you live somewhere you forget just how beautiful it actually is, being back in the heart of Northumberland I was reminded of just what a beautiful part of the country I live in.
As it had been raining the day before the ground was very muddy, thankfully it was nice and sunny when we visited. I was glad that my teen had on her new Superfit GORE-TEX Lumis trainers which have been designed to keep her feet dry, with added grips for the mud. Chloe certainly put her trainers to the test as she was eager to try out all of the activities on offer. First up she went wall climbing, which she said was harder than it looked but lots of fun. Luckily her black and pink Lumis trainers had grips on them and were super lightweight and comfortable which meant she was able to climb the wall with ease.
The girls then decided to make their own pizzas which were cooked in clay ovens and that they said were delicious. We then had a wander around the lake before Chloe was zooming through the air on the zip wire 200 metres over the quarry lake.
Archery was up next before a visit to watch the falconry display. We then had a walk around before heading to the Northumbrian Meats van for some burgers and chips which we enjoyed on one of the many picnic benches dotted around the park. I imagine it would be wonderful visiting here for a family picnic by the lake. We also visited the on site shop to get some delicious local Doddingtons ice cream and Sophia fell in love with a little squirrel teddy that she just had to buy, a lovely reminder of her day at the park.
There was lots of activities on offer for my teen such as the Zip Wire, climbing wall and archery but I felt there was not much for my toddler to do. She took part in the Pizza making, visited the lizard and tortoises from Kirkley Hall Zoo and briefly watched the circus skills woman blowing bubbles. There was a story tent but I don't think she would have sat through that as she does not have the best concentration. Maybe next year the park could think of some kind of adventure activity that slightly younger children can join in with.
Overall we had a really lovely day at Walltown the girls had fun out in the fresh air being active and it was nice to have a day away from technology (due to no phone signal) and to just enjoy their company without being distracted by my phone. I think we will certainly be returning to Walltown and exploring more of Northumberland National Park in the future as a family. I think we all need a little countryside adventure every once in a while.
Disclosure We were invited to Walltown as guests of Northumberland National Park, we received tokens to take part in the activities and money towards lunch for the purpose of this post. However all opinions are my own.
We were also sent the GORE-TEX trainers as we are Big Days ambassadors.