WHAT IS IT?
William’s Den is an exciting family attraction based in South Cave. Imagine a soft play where nothing is soft, but instead built from eco-friendly wood, with sand and water features. The place is vast and normally very busy with parents wishing to release their little ones to burn plenty of energy!
Due to lockdown restrictions, they are still closed for the main play section but have opened access to the woodland they own behind of William’s Den.
WHERE IS THE WOODLAND WALK AT WILLIAM’S DEN?
If you’re arriving by car the address and postcode is:
Castle Farm, Wold Hill HU15 2LS
If you’re using public transport for your visit:
- Bus: X55
The car park at William’s Den is free and very spacious with parking spaces at an angle so you’re not opening your car door straight onto another car.
Dogs: This walk is suitable for dogs on leads but there aren’t any dog poo bins so be prepared to take it home with you.
Prams/wheelchairs: This walk is not suitable for prams or wheelchairs.
Also note, that wellies or sturdy footwear are pretty essential!
This is a e-ticketed woodland walk but tickets are free.
Every Thursday – Sunday from 11am
The woodland walk at William’s Den starts in the car park at this sign.
Walk straight ahead following the edge of the outdoor field of William’s Den. Please note that your kids will be able to see the play apparatus from this field and I had to deal with a very big meltdown by Ted (3 years) who couldn’t understand why we had come all this way to not go in there!
This is the view of the play area – which doesn’t look too bad in the photo but in real life, my son found it a bit of a struggle to walk past!
The walk is well signposted and will take you slightly downhill for 300 metres to get to the actual woodland.
The woods are lush and green with well-established trees so you’re quite protected for the elements. Perfect for a drizzly day like it was when we went and equally ideal for those really hot sunny days where you’re desperate for some shade too.
WHAT IS THERE TO DO?
You’ll quickly notice in the woods some random facts on signposts dotted around. There’s no indication as to how many there are to spot but they were an interesting talking point for the kids.
The boys were excited to see lots of toadstools too and talked about how there must be fairies living in these woods. Thankfully they didn’t try picking any but something to be mindful of!
Further, into the woods, you’ll spot some frames and log piles so you can make your own dens.
We could have spent the whole four hour session doing this! The lengths of the cut branches are quite long though so definitely needs parental involvement.
There are also some shelters with tree stump seating beneath which was very welcome when it started to chuck it down during our visit!
The boys really loved all the different spaces and activities to use their imagination. I just let them crack on and sat in their “houses” once complete!
WHAT ABOUT TOILETS?
The toilets are open at William’s Den but the trough washbasins in the middle are out of order to maintain social distancing.
*There are no toilets down in the woodland.*
WHERE CAN I EAT?
After your woodland walk and den building session, head back up to the main building. Here, you’ll notice a one-way system and social distancing floor stickers.
The cafe is closed apart from takeaway and ice creams. Check out the takeaway menu here.
At £2.50 an ice cream, I didn’t think this was too expensive. The walk was free and we were able to use the parking and toilets to wash our hands before eating.
The shop has been moved into the cafe area with handy wellies and raincoats included.
Click here to book your tickets now.
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