Saturday, 25 January 2014

Trim Trail and Cakes!

Posted by Rosie

With Simon away I needed to take Ben with me when Tom was at athletics this morning so we decided that a dog walk at the local country park at Cerisy Belle Etoile would be a good way to pass the time.   At Cerisy there really is loads to do - walks through the woods, a play ground, crazy golf, a paddling pool (not open today!), boules etc etc ... and a trim trail.  Ben announced that today he wanted to follow and do the trim trail (parcours sportif). 

Ready to go!

There was loads of disciplines for him to have a go that tested all his muscles as well as his balance and stamina.  A few were too big for him (I think they were made for giants) and the hurdles were flooded so he missed these out but he gave everything else his best shot (Click on the picture to make it bigger if you want).

Ben on the Trim trail at Cerisy Belle Etoile

He most wanted to finish all the leapfrog poles because Tom had done the same not long ago.  It took him several attempts but with a dollop of confidence and a large helping of determination  he succeeded and cleared the last and highest one without landing flat on his face ... or worse (much to my relief)!

Leapfrogging Ben

The French do not call this activity Leapfrog - they call it Saute Mouton (Sheep Jump) but what ever it's called Ben found it great fun and was really proud to have cleared that highest pole!

Once back near the car we just had time for Ben to expend a bit more energy in the playground - which despite the sunshine he had all to himself.  We did see a few runners, cyclists and one horse-rider but otherwise it was very quiet.

Fun in the playground

It was then back to collect Tom from athletics - he had been sprint training as well as jogging round the park.  What could be better therefore than home for healthy lunch of baked potatoes and salad followed by ...... CAKES!!   They certainly deserved them although I am still trying to work what I did to justify mine!

French Patisseries - Yum!

Who else has been to their local country park recently?  I wonder if any of the other bloggers who join in with Country Kids have.  Click on the link below to find out.


  1. That looks like great fun - and I love that leap frogging action shot :) And, the cakes look very yummy! #CountryKids

  2. Well done to Ben - he managed the trim trail well and escaped without any injuries! A morning full of fun for both boys - they deserved their cakes. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

  3. That is a fabulous trail. I wish there was one near me. Looks like Ben really enjoyed all of the physical challenges.

  4. @Sara - thank you. I was pretty pleased with that shot too - and the fact he actually made it over safely! The French certainly do know how to make nice cakes!

    @Fiona (Coombe Mill) - lack of injuries made me very happy too - Ben can be a bit accident prone to say the least!

    @Keitha - it is a good trail and it looks pretty well used too.


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