Today Oliver and I visited Flatford Mill, in Essex, which is part of the National Trust. Flatford Mill is a beautiful area surrounded by flowers, tree’s and the countryside. It’s the perfect place to have a peaceful walk and a scrummy picnic. I decided late last night that I wanted to take Oliver today, another jump forward in my anxiety!
We arrived at about lunchtime so we found a little spot to sit and have our packed lunch’s. I had Jam sandwiches and Oliver had Peanut Butter sandwiches – it was pretty darn cute!
I have lots of memories of Flatford Mill. When I was younger my parents would take my brother and I occasionally to have a long walk (or until I’d started moaning which was after about 5 minutes of walking!), and we’d always take a family photo sitting on a specific wall in front of the mill. I, of course, wanted to get this photo whilst I was here so I sat Oliver in his buggy in front of the wall and snapped a photo.
You could honestly go walking for miles from Flatford Mill, but I decided we wouldn’t go that far as the weather looked quite temperamental! We walked about 20mins up one way and then started to head back to the mill. There’s quite a few walks to go on, but because of the terrain it wouldn’t have been suitable for the buggy, which is a shame but at least we got to walk for a little bit.
There’s a nice little cafe and shop near the mill. We popped in the cafe to grab a drink and then we sat outside in the sitting area by the river and in the shade. The weather was so nice at this point, but I (stupidly) forgot to bring any sun cream for us, so I didn’t want to risk being in the sun for too long!
There’s lots of activities for young children to do and there is occasionally activities and theatre productions being hosted on the ground – this summer there will be an open-air garden theatre production of A Mid Summer Nights Dream and The Wind in the Willows!
Alongside the National Trust site there is also a little RSPB site within a gardens surrounded by flowers and trees. That part isn’t so buggy friendly but we were able to have a quick stroll around the bits we could reach.
I’m so glad I was able to get out of the house again with Oliver. If you’ve read my post about overcoming anxiety as a mum you would have seen I’ve been struggling to get out and about with Oliver without my husband, so to be able to do it again felt amazing!
I really should start taking my camera out and about with me (I’ve been using my phone recently) as Suffolk/Essex is covered in countryside and there’s always a perfect moment for a photograph.
Have you ever visited Flatford Mill before? If you’re looking for a peaceful walk along a river I’d highly recommend it.