The Little Grey Men Trail

The Little Grey Men Trail

Those that have already read The little grey men by B.B. (Denys Watkins-Pitchford) will be in their element. I wish I could say that it would not matter much if you had not read the book and when the trail was first made then that would have been the case. There were originally eight signs each with a section of the story on them and you could have picked up everything you needed to know by reading them. Unfortunately the ravages of time have rotted away numbers four and eight when we visited The Little Grey Men Trailthem. Hopefully they will be repaired soon. If and when they are, could I ask that someone lets us know via the contact form. I am quite hopeful because the park rangers I spoke to were helpful and enthusiastic and well aware that this needs doing and they are still working on the trail. They recently added a gnome totem pole that I am very jealous of, I have only ever seen one other and that was at gnome magic but I digress. The trail map is not that easy to follow either but that is because it does not start at the obvious place. If you find the main sign (above) or the totem pole and head down that path towards the lake then once you get into the woods then you will be on the trail proper. The triangular piece of water on the map is not the huge lake but is a small pond. Apart from the totem pole, the signs and various wooden carvings there is also a carved wooden seat with gnomes front and back, perfect for taking selfies on. There are also toilets and a coffee shop. Because of the condition of the trail I am not sure I can wholeheartedly recommend it but if you are a gnome fan and plan to take a trip to Lamport Hall then Brixworth Country Park is only about five miles away. Since it only takes about half an hour to walk round then in my view it would be silly not to have a nose round and apart from the (somewhat expensive) parking charges of £4 for three hours it is free.