There’s a brand new trail at Wendover Woods! The Shaun The Sheep Glow Trail at Wendover Woods is now open and I finally managed to try the new trail. At home, before travelling to Wendover Woods, I downloaded the free Glow Trail App and made sure that I charged up my phone.
You don’t need to use a phone to do the trail if you don’t want to, if you prefer then there is a paper version in the pack that you can purchase from the Information Point at Wendover Woods, next to the car park paystation.
The Glow Trail features Shaun The Sheep and some of the characters from the new Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon. The idea is that an alien space ship has crash landed and Shaun’s new alien friend Lu-La needs you to help charge her communicator, so that she can ‘phone home’. The trail is a fantastic use of the technology and really motivates the whole family to get out in the fresh air and go for a walk in the woods.
The trail begins as you walk away from the Wendover Woods Café towards Go Ape. The route was clearly marked with wayfinders and easy to navigate. You do need to buy at least one of the Glow Trail Packs in order to do the trail because it includes a UV pen-torch and you shine the UV light onto the clues to reveal the solution to the puzzles.
There are also challenges that pop up on the Glow Trail App along the route, like seeing how sticks you can count in twenty seconds, or how many trees you can touch. The challenges add even more activity to the trail and are an extra bit of fun. The Glow Trail App is also a great motivator. If I stopped for any length of time a message would pop up to ‘Keep Moving,’ or ‘Don’t Stop! Agent Red Is Coming,’ which really spurs you on.
The trail took us along a 2k route that I’ve never walked at Wendover Woods before and there were some slightly hilly bits and one quite muddy section but the majority of the trail was on good ground, although I’m not sure I’d want to push a buggy all the way, especially on the hills. Wellies are a very good idea, especially at this time of year. It took about an hour and a half to do the whole route with lots of stopping and starting to solve the clues, complete the physical challenges and use the Glow Trail App. The trail takes you a distance from the Café, so be prepared and take everything that you might need because you can’t just pop back to the car quickly.
There are eight puzzles to solve and your reward after completing the eighth and final puzzle is the chance to take a selfie with Shaun The Sheep and Lu-La using the augmented reality feature on the Glow Trail App. You simply point your phone at the marker for Clue 8, having completed the puzzle and Shaun The Sheep and his alien friend Lu-La appear next to you!
After finishing the Glow Trail the warmth of the Wendover Woods Café was welcoming. If you haven’t visited since the changes at Wendover Woods, the new café is much more spacious and modern. There’s also a brand new Play Trail that loops around the central hub where you’ll find the Wendover Woods Café and the new toilet block.
The Glow Trail App worked really well and the animation at the end is fantastic. The UV pen-torch is a good idea but it is made of plastic and you do need at least one of them to solve the clues. Overall, the Glow Trail is a fantastic new feature at Wendover Woods and will be open throughout the October Half Term holidays and beyond!
Top Tips For A Visit To The Shaun The Sheep Glow Trail At Wendover Woods
- Download the FREE Glow Trail App before you go!
- Wendover Woods is on Upper Icknield Way, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, HP22 5NQ
- The Glow Trail Pack is £3.50 and available from the Information Point.
- Parking in October 2019 is £2.20 for up to 2 hours, £4.30 for up to 4 hours and £8 for over 4 hours. Make sure that you pay at the paystations before you leave! Parking charges are due to rise on 1st December 2019, so visit the Forestry England website for up-to-date info.
- The trail is aimed at families with children aged 5-13 years old. The paths are a mixture of forest paths and surfaced trails with some steep hills so you need an off-road buggy if you decide to take one.
- Take wellies or boots as the trail is muddy.
- Take newspaper or a bin liner to line the boot of your car. The trail is muddy in places.
All information is correct on the date of publication.
Disclosure: I received a Glow Trail Activity Pack for the purposes of this review.
Images, words and opinions are my own.