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Friday, 2 October 2015

It's a Gruffalo Trail! - Mountain View Ranch

Children walking past an Indian Tipi

During the holidays, we drove to Mountain View Ranch, Caerphilly Mountain.  We met up with lovely fellow mummy bloggers:  Side Street Style, Down at the Mill,  The Boy and Me, Cardiff Mummy Says , Family Days. Tried and Tested and my sister, Cwtches for my Cariad.  It was our first visit here and I was surprised at just how close it is to Cardiff.  It will make a great meeting point to see (Aunty) Ceri and Lexy in the future.  

Children on Monkey Swing

Entry is only £4 each and £25 per family ticket.  If we lived closer, we would buy the annual passes at £20 each.

Mountain View Ranch, Caerphilly, Wales, UK

There was plenty of parking and just inside the entrance we found a sandy adventure play Area, picnic benches and toilets.  This made it perfect for eating our picnic and then being able to return our bags to the car before setting off on the trail (although I kept mine with me on this occasion).  There is a canteen to buy  food too!  The only problem we found with eating outside was there were lots of wasps around, but hopefully this isn't always the case.

Mountain View Ranch, Caerphilly, Wales, UK

Girl building in sand

Mountain View Ranch, Caerphilly, Wales, UK

Mountain View Ranch, Caerphilly, Wales, UK

The kids had fun in the playground.  So much fun, that it was hard to encourage them to eat their picnic but I did manage to get them to eat something each time they came back to the table!

Boys by a pond

They also took some convincing to leave the park but we eventually managed to get them to move on to see what else Mountain View Ranch had to offer.

Mountain View Ranch, Caerphilly, Wales, UK

Mountain View Ranch, Caerphilly, Wales, UK

First we went to see the Rabbits and Guinea Pigs.  The kids thought it was funny to pretend that they were the ones in the cage!

Kids with Guinea pig

I think the guinea pigs liked seeing the kids too.

Kids with Pony


Kids with Pony

Pony in field, mountain view

Next, we saw the friendly ponies...  

Troll Under Goat Bridge

Kids holding hands

Child hand feeding a goat kid

...then the "Funny Goats".   Being fans of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, we loved the Troll Bridge.  There were no goats on the bridge as we walked past, not because they were scared of the troll, but because they were busy feeding.  We did see some "trip trap" over there later.  The goats loved being fed.  Once all the feed had gone, they still wanted more and began to chew my bag and camera, so it was time for me to move on...

Kids with Sticks

Children with willow mouse

Next, we reached The Gruffalo Wood".  At this point, Danny had gone too far ahead for my liking so I wanted to catch up with him.  There were a few fork roads, so I wasn't entirely sure which direction he had headed.  In trying to find him, I nearly lost Rebecca, and then Izzy needed the toilet again, so I didn't really get to enjoy the Gruffalo Woods as much as I would have liked (this is my excuse for having to come back soon anyway!).

Look at the kids with the mouse.  So sweet!

Tipi Village

We walked through Badger Wood and onto the Indian Village.    

Kids play

Kids run across field

Girl totem pole

Kids in Tipi

The kids loved making up games and playing in the Tipis and sandpit.  I did have to warn them not to get too territorial on occasion!  They also all "needed" a stick.  When it was discovered that one of "their tribe" didn't have one, off they all ran back into the woods to find him "just the right stick" despite their being many good ones already around us...

Fairy Forest

Fairy Forest
Photo by Jo Evans
Girl in Fairy Forest

Fairy Door on Tree

Fairy Toadstools on tree

Fairy Door on tree

I loved the Fairy Forest and would have liked more time to explore, but the kids were already off on the next adventure...
Lady in woodland

Mountain view

The namesake, "Mountain View!"

Girls on Dragon Eggs Silhouette

Mother and baby

Mother and Baby

Girl swing tree silhouette

We chatted whilst the kids played in the Dragon's Lair.  Baby G was so happy all day, such a lovely baby.   The kids really used their imagination and made up some wonderful games as they played here together.

Girls with dog

The younger girls befriended a dog.

The Climbing tree

Girl jumps from tree

Kids play on tree

They climbed (and jumped from) the climbing tree.  

Child carries friend

Young friends

Girl on tree swing

Siblings tree swing

The kids do love a tree swing.  They all took turns and helped each other.

Girl in Willow pod

Then they played in the Three Bears Pods- willow tree houses.  

Boy Meets Gruffalo

What's that?  Oh no!  It's a Gruffalo!  I'm definitely going to try and make the Gruffalo Story Time next time we visit.

Boy pulls kids in cart

Then it was time for home.  The kids really didn't want to leave and kept prolonging it.  They wanted a quick ride in the cart, then Danny needed a go, then they wanted to see the wild squirrels and so on.  We were there past closing time and in the end had to opt for the "start walking out and hope they follow" approach.  Thankfully they did (eventually!).  

It was a lovely day.  I met lots of new people for the first time and immediately felt at ease with them, which was lovely (and also a huge relief!).  I didn't have as much time to talk as I would have liked as we're all busy when the kids are with us, but I really enjoyed it.

As for the kids, they all immediately got along.  It was really touching to see.  They held hands.  Chatted.  Played.  Cuddled.  They were instantly like old friends and I know they can't wait to see each other again.

I didn't get the chance to say goodbye to everybody (sorry), but can't wait to meet up with everyone again!

Have you visited Mountain View Ranch?  What was your favourite part?

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. It looks amazing! So beautiful and so much to do. You can tell how much fun the kids are having in the photos. The tree swing, willow houses, animals, fairy doors, that view! What more could you ask for! #countrykids

  2. What a great place to visit with kids - and love that mountain view!

  3. What a fun day. Lovely to meet up too. Good job you are planning to go back. Plenty to do. #CountryKids

  4. Mountain View Ranch looks like a brilliant place to go and visit with the kids, and what a place to meet up with old and new friends alike. It's great to see all the kids getting along so well, it's always a worry that there'd be an issue between some of the kids that could ruin the day. It sounds like Mountain View Ranch really inspired all the kids' imagination and they really enjoyed exploring all the different places they could. Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids.

  5. That looks like an amazing place to visit with so much for the kids to see and do. That play area looks like a lot of fun and I love the Troll Bridge with the goats. I think I'd love to visit the fairy garden. Looks like you had a wonderful day out :-)

  6. It was a great day and so fab to finally meet you. I loved how the children all muddled in together and had fun.

  7. Ah, happy memories of such a lovely day. I loved seeing you all and your children - and it is such a gorgeous place to explore. Hope we can all get together again soon x

  8. Brilliant photographs, it looks amazing x

  9. Wow so much there it would be hard to pick a favourite. I do like the goats bridge - the 3 billy goats gruff is one of my favourite stories. Looks like you picked a good day for a meet up too.

  10. What gorgeous photos. Looks like you had a great time - I'm wishing it was the summer again now! x

  11. What a gem of a place! And god love The Gruffalo - the children's story that lasts forever. We still love it here!

  12. aww this place looks amazing! No wonder all the kiddos are beaming. Definitely one to ass onto my must take F to lists. x

  13. It was such a lovely day and so nice to see you again - thanks for taking such great photos :) Mountain Ranch is such a fantastic day out for kids - so much natural play to be had

    Laura x

  14. Can you take babies in pushchairs?

  15. Can you take babies in pushchairs?


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