Woodgate Valley Country Park Photo Walk

Woodgate Valley Country Park

On a cold January weekend it can be very tempting to stay wrapped up warm inside all day. However, we were all getting a bit grumpy so decided to get out for some fresh air. We decided to head to Woodgate Valley Country Park. Even though it’s only 10 minutes away we haven’t fully explored the park before.

We have booked a holiday to Holland for the Summer and are determined to get Mini riding her bike without stabilisers before then. It will be great for us all to enjoy family bike rides together. I’d heard that there were plenty of flat paths at Woodgate Valley Country Park so thought it would be an ideal place to practice.

I was also kindly sent a new mobile phone from Three to put to the test, I received the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. 

I love my Canon M100 for taking pictures for my blog. Although it’s pretty compact having a phone with a decent camera would also be really handy when out and about, especially when carrying Baby Mack in his sling. I love capturing snapshots of our days out and family fun and especially wanted to put the camera to the test for those candid moments.

Woodgate Valley Country Park
Checking out the selfie mode!

I popped Baby Mack into the sling and he was fast asleep within minutes. Mr Mack and Mini set to work with bike practice, I followed along, careful to not get run over. She started off quite wobbly and was struggling to balance. However, within half an hour she was able to ride a short way, with a bit of help to push off.

She quickly became more confident and tested out going a little quicker. Considering that we took her out last week and she really was struggling, the difference this week was huge. She was really proud of herself that she could ride a short section. I used the phone to capture action shots of her practicing and the quality is great, even when she was moving at speed.

I also used the video mode to capture a little ride sequence. She loved showing the video to Nanny and Grandad afterwards. The next focus is to practice on starting and stopping but for now has made great progress.

The long flat paths at Woodgate Valley Country Park definitely helped. It was quite quiet at the park too so we weren’t worried about her crashing into others. We will definitely come here again for more practice and to enjoy the park.

Woodgate Valley Country Park

When Mini had decided she’d done enough bike riding practice she wanted to explore the adventure playground. Mr Mack agreed to take her to play, whilst Baby Mack and I went on a longer walk to see what else there was too see at Woodgate Valley Country Park. I enjoyed taking pictures of nature and liked spotting the different shapes and colours of the trees. I’m sure the park would look even more beautiful on a sunny day. We had a lovely afternoon out and it was all totally free.

Woodgate Valley Country Park

I was impressed that I managed to clock up 8,000 steps on my walk. Although I forgot how hot I can get when wearing baby, and was ready to take him off by the end. Baby Mack slept the whole time, he must have been super snug and cosy in the carrier.

Woodgate Valley Country Park
Feeling a bit warm after my walk!

When I got home I enjoyed looking through the pictures that I’d taken. The quality was fantastic, they were all very sharp and clear. I haven’t edited any of the photos in this post, they have been directly uploaded to demonstrate the quality. I like the AI mode on the camera, it automatically detects what you are taking a picture of and adjusts the settings accordingly to get amazing images. The photos in portrait mode are great  too, it blurs the background slightly for a really lovely effect.

Woodgate Valley Country Park

Woodgate Valley Country Park
Feeling very proud of her bike riding

I loved the photos that I took and am looking forward to testing out the rest of the features on the phone.

For visitor information about Woodgate Valley Country Park click here.

Disclaimer: I was sent the Huawei Mate 20 Pro by Three on loan. All views and opinions are entirely my own.

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18 Comments

    • mommamack15
      January 22, 2019 / 7:05 pm

      Thank you, I quickly warmed up walking with Baby strapped to me.

  1. January 22, 2019 / 4:03 pm

    It is amazing isn’t it how quickly they pick up riding their bikes. I too love my proper camera but phones are so much more portable and always there to capture that moment. The photos look great

    • mommamack15
      January 22, 2019 / 7:05 pm

      Yes definitely, I’ll still keep my proper camera but will make more use of a phone when out and about.

  2. January 22, 2019 / 4:57 pm

    Ah it looks like you had a lovely time. I love getting wrapped up and having a nice long walk. Having said that we got lost time we went on a walk as the trails weren’t signposted so it ended up with us all getting a bit cheesed off and sunday lunch being very late!!!

    • mommamack15
      January 22, 2019 / 7:06 pm

      Oh dear, hope you weren’t lost for too long!

  3. January 22, 2019 / 7:25 pm

    Ahh this is lovely, and gorgeous photos too! Mine love getting outdoors, especially on their bikes. I wish the weather would perk up though!

    • mommamack15
      January 22, 2019 / 7:27 pm

      Thanks, I’m looking forward to when we can all ride our bikes together on adventures

  4. January 23, 2019 / 8:34 am

    It can be so tempting not to venture out on a drab day, but sometimes they are our best days out. Your photos are totally lovely too, great memories.

    • mommamack15
      January 25, 2019 / 9:25 am

      I was so pleased that we did go out, felt so much better for it.

  5. January 23, 2019 / 2:56 pm

    We have done lots of Winter walks this January. Its been cold but really nice to get fresh air

    • mommamack15
      January 25, 2019 / 9:26 am

      I don’t feel guilty then about having a hot chocolate to warm up when we get back.

  6. January 23, 2019 / 6:27 pm

    Aw looks like you had a fab time out! I do love a good bit of fresh air even if the weather is a bit dull xx

    • mommamack15
      January 25, 2019 / 9:26 am

      Once I’d got out the house, I felt so much better and pleased we went out.

  7. January 23, 2019 / 11:41 pm

    Looks like you had a great time. Gorgeous photos! I love the one looking in to the trees, with the burn next to it. It looks like a green tunnel.

    • mommamack15
      January 25, 2019 / 9:27 am

      Thank you, it was fun experimenting with the different shapes in nature

  8. January 24, 2019 / 11:54 am

    Awww it looks like a lovely walk and lovely photos! I keep hearing great things about Huawei phones – I’m too faithful to Apple though to give anything else a try LOL x

    • mommamack15
      January 25, 2019 / 9:27 am

      I love Apple too, although I must say this was a great alternative and didn’t feel too alien for me.

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