Hey guys! A couple of weeks ago, my family and I visited the Northwood trail near York a.k.a the Fairy sanctuary. I didn’t really know what to expect from it but we enjoyed a lovely wander along the trail and encountered several traces of the fairies whilst we were there. It was so peaceful and tranquil there and I actually had a lot of fun. I feel like although there were lots of young kids there, you could still have a great time there no matter what your age and it definitely reminded me of my childhood when I used to believe in things like fairies because I was so innocent and young. So in today’s post, I’m going to review the Northwood fairy trail and grant you with my honest opinion of it.
Upon arriving, we collected a map from the cafe that was there and embarked on our walk along the trail. It wasn’t long before we stumbled upon the first fairy tree which had steps crafted from circular wood, leading up to a door near the foot of the tree. I thought it was so creative and cool how they had incorporated the trees into the decorations of the trail and there were lots of other trees with differently designed doors that we discovered as we meandered further into the woods.
We uncovered a maze with walls of bamboo sticks and knew that we had to try it. I’m not kidding when I say that it was one of the hardest mazes I think I’ve been in! We strove to find the middle of the maze for ages and once we’d finally reached it, we were tasked with the job of escaping the seemingly endless walls of bamboo sticks. It was a lot of fun though and was a nice addition overall to the woods.
Something that I picked up on as we were wandering around was the awesome names of the paths or sections in the forest. Some of my favourites were the Slumbering, Chamber of Truth and Justice and The Trees Have Eyes. They reflected the different decorations in their section perfectly, for example, Chamber of Truth and Justice alluded to the location of the thrones of the fairy King and Queen who were expected to uphold justice and truth. I absolutely loved sitting on one of the wooden thrones as it made me feel like I was royalty and it really added to the magic of the experience.
My favourite part of the fairy woods was definitely the village of fairy houses that we discovered on a collection of adjoining trees along one of the paths. There were miniature wooden walkways that connected these houses and little wooden ladders leading up to them as well. Each house was intricately crafted and you could just imagine tiny fairies living inside of them. They contributed to the overall ethereal atmosphere of the woods and the magic that was alive there.
Put succinctly, the fairy woods were enchanting and otherwordly. It was such a cool experience overall and even as a teenager, I enjoyed it so much despite it potentially being marketed more at younger children. I would love to return at some point!
Thank you for reading this post! There’ll be another one out soon but until then bye for now!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull