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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.

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