I’ve heard of “Cumberland forest” many times in maps, in road signs, and in random work discussions (as IBM HQ is located there). But never did I know it was less than a 15-minute drive from my teenage home. From the city, it was about a 35-minute drive, in easy early weekend traffic, via the M2 tollway.
With plenty of “Treetop Reception” and “Treetop Parking” signs pointing in opposite directions, finding parking in this place may be confuzzling for first time goers. If you do end up taking the detour to “Treetop parking”, think of it as a nice “warm-up”, as it’s about a 100 metre stroll to the Treetop Reception/Cafe Area, where the action begins.
You might be lured by the mysteries of the huge ‘Forestry trail’, or ‘Sensory trail’ signs. But the start of today’s walk was from neither. Instead we followed signs to the Treetop Adventure Park which, on weekends at least, is site to a throng of kids donning bright helmets, and having a very merry time navigating the obstacle course. It will make you wish you were a kid again; the non-treetop-adventure-park-depraved version however.
The walking trail was easygoing, until after about 5 minutes we reached a fork. As the others had a bit of a head start, we were left to fend forourselves.