OVE over Dick Turpin, the Highway Rat has arrived in England’s woodlands. The Forestry Commission has launched a series of new activity trails featuring characters from much-loved children’s author and illustrator-duo Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Wendover Woods, known for its connection to some of England’s most notorious highwaymen, was the first to open ‘The Highway Rat’ Activity Trails, but more have followed throughout December with a total of 22 set to have been created by the end of March.
Brought to life by the Forestry Commission in partnership Magic Light Pictures, the trails follow the already popular Gruffalo Spotters Trails and Stick Man Trails, also inspired by the famed children’s duo.
Bridgette Hall, Recreation Manager for Forestry Commission England says: “We are delighted to be partnering once again with Magic Light Pictures to re-create the swashbuckling tale for families. We’re ready to ‘stand and deliver’ a great day out and can’t wait to welcome the first families to our latest trails.
“England’s forests are the perfect place for adventure, and the new Highway Rat Activity Trails will provide even more excitement for children as they explore all they have to offer.”
The Highway Rat trails will take visitors on a fun woodland journey where they can enjoy spotting characters from ‘The Highway Rat’, taking a ‘wanted poster’ selfie and learning about the great outdoors – all free of charge.
Families can also buy an exclusive highway pack featuring a Highway Rat mask and a series of additional activities to complete along the trail for just £3.