I was inspired by this post over at The Magnificent Something to complete the 6 Discovery Trails around London searching for the Olympic Mascots (Wenlock and Mandeville). My poor directional skills and lugging kids along for the adventure have meant it’s taken me a little longer than I’d hoped. We’ve kept chugging along though and so far we’ve managed to complete the Blue, Red and Green Trails.
We explored the Blue trail first and found it a bit tricky (lots of weird directions that didn’t make a whole lot of sense so lots of wrong turns!). Sadly we couldn’t access Sir Wenlock at Guildhall. We were there the day of the Paralympics Opening Ceremony and whilst we were nowhere near the actual ceremony there were news crews and lots of official looking vehicles around Guildhall along with lots of Paralympics volunteers. Security was everywhere so we didn’t push our luck trying to get into the courtyard. Hopefully I can get back there when I do the Yellow Trail this week.
The Red Trail was familiar territory for us starting at Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. We had a dental appointment near there on Friday so we jumped straight into the hunt for Mascots with shiny clean teeth to boot. This one was a nice easy path to follow with a lot less walking then the other Trails. If you’re keen on seeing some of the Mascots but don’t want anything too time consuming try the Red Trail. Lambeth Palace Mandeville wasn’t on PhotoRoute’s map but you’ll spot it across the road as you approach Garden Wenlock at the start of Lambeth Bridge.
The Green Trail was nice and easy too with lots of other families exploring Regents Park on Sunday. We popped into London Zoo for a few hours after finding the first 9 Mascots and then finished off the final two on the way home.
After all that walking (particularly with me managing to get us lost regularly) the kidlets are completely over the whole trail thing and have lost all faith in “Mum’s idea of an outing” (I swear they’d moan and complain if I suggested going on a walk to get ice cream). We took a break today and vegged on the couch watching movies. Hopefully I can inspire them to come out with me tomorrow to do the Purple and Pink trails. The kids go back to school on Thursday and the mascot statues come down on Sunday so we’re on a deadline. I think I’ll be exploring the Yellow trail on my own later this week!
If you’re interested in exploring the Discovery Trails for yourself, check out their Official Page and be sure to check for details of missing or replaced Mascots so you don’t go nuts looking for them. For maps (if you have a smart phone download the app, I had to do it the old-fashioned way and printed the directions out) then go here. A quick note to anyone who plans to print the directions, the printing was awful in Chrome but just fine in Firefox (I didn’t try IE).
Wish me Luck!