A Walk Around Branston Water Park

A Walk Around Branston Water Park

Rain rain go away! What a wet week we have had. It has been constantly pouring down here making it almost impossible to plan anything. After a soggy few days we eventually got a break in the weather and on a whim we headed off to Branston Water Park for a walk.

Branston Water Park Nature Reserve

Branston Water Park was originally a large open cast gravel pit. After closing back in the 1950’s it gradually filled up with water resulting in the 40 acre lake that exists today. The East Staffordshire wildlife site has also been given the green flag award for its quality, safety and cleanliness of the reserve.


Branston Water Park

Jayden is definitely taking after his mum here. He has started taking his camera with him on days out now and afterwards when we get home, we print off his snaps and stick them in his book of adventures. He then writes a few sentences about his day. It’s fun for him to look back on and he is learning at the same time.


Places to go for a walk

After walking around the reserve we headed back to the car for some food via the canal path. Put your sunglasses on before you look at the white glare reflecting off Craig’s legs haha!

This lovely guy from Scotland was having a natter to the boys as he come past on his narrowboat.

I think we headed back to the car just in time because Joben had the mother of all meltdowns! The day had proved a long one for him and let’s just say the peace and quiet of the park was well and truly broken! Isn’t it a bit shit when your little one has a temper tantrum when you are out. I can feel an instant headache approaching every time. Luckily after a little food and a good nap, Joben was all smiles again. Apart from that little scenario, we had a fab day. Jayden got some lovely snaps and the boys were well and truly ready for their beds that night.

It’s definitely worth a walk around the reserve if you are not far away. Entry is free and there is also a little cafe on site and a small play area nearby too.

Do you have a favourite place for a walk?



  1. Sarah | A Few Favourite Things August 9, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    A fantastic free activity to do with the children. You could take different routes or things to complete with you on the way round to spice things up too

    • Jayne August 9, 2017 / 7:41 pm

      That’s a fab idea Sarah! 🙂

  2. Fashion and Style Police August 10, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Looks like a great place to walk around. Good you were in the car before the meltdown began. I am always worried about meltdowns when out with the kids. Can’t predict sometimes.

  3. Louisa August 10, 2017 / 11:55 am

    What a coincedence to read this – we walked around here last night with the dog for the first time. It was lovely and we’ll certainly go again!

  4. Jade @ Captured By Jade August 14, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    Getting outside and enjoying nature was one of our main plans for a slightly budget summer holidays, but sadly the weather has had other ideas! This look like a lovely place to wander, and I love how your little boy is capturing with his camera also.
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