I think one of the best sights in the Great British Outdoors is a wood with a carpet of native bluebells. We decided to go and see some this weekend. If you’re out and about on the northern fringes of the North York Moors National Park, you can’t fail to spot Roseberry Topping. At ‘only’ 320 metres, it’s fairly small as hills go, but its distinctive, half-conical shape makes it an iconic landmark.
Little Trekkers Ambassadors
We must have the best customers in the World. They have been telling us for years about all the great things they get out and do with their families and we thought it was about time the World knew about it. This is not a ‘Places to go with the kids’ resource in a traditional sense. There’s lots of good websites out there already that can tell you the opening times and entry costs into the many hundreds of attractions that there are across the country.
This is about real experiences, in real places, by real families who get out there in this magnificent country of ours and do stuff. Great stuff! Stuff that you will look back on and remember for the rest of your life. Places that you may never have thought to go, things that you may never have thought to do. Told by those who have been there and done it, and want to pass it on to inspire other families to do the same. These are our Little Trekkers Ambassadors. They lead the way ….
There’s a field near us that’s full of dandelions, and James has been eagerly awaiting that magical moment when they turn to clocks. We went out on Friday and found that the yellow flowers had vanished overnight and there were suddenly dandelion clocks as far as the eye could see. There was also one very happy little boy.
Moors Valley is a country park and forest in Dorset. I was a frequent visitor there when I was a child and I absolutely loved it. On a visit back to the UK this Easter we decided to take the next generation. To be honest, I was afraid that it wouldn’t live up to the amazing memories I have, but it exceeded all my expectations.
With the unseasonably dry, warm weather we've had recently, Reuben hasn't had much need for his Spotty Otter waterproofs. However he has had a lot of wear out of his Teva sandals.
April and May are wonderful months to be outdoors: the trees and hedgerows are simply spectacular. Right now, Thorp Perrow is in full bloom and well worth a visit. Last week, on one of our trips there, we admired the daffodils and the cherry blossom and checked on the progress of the horse chestnut trees.
Being out in the garden as a family can sometimes just be as fun as going out even when you are working on a project like we have been doing.
Another trip we did whilst back in the UK was to Aberdaron in North Wales. Its right on the tip of the peninsula and a lovely little seaside village I have been going to with my parents since I was in nappies. I'm not sure I should be telling you all about it as it’s so lovely there we don't want everyone going!!
Today we were lucky enough to borrow a friend's pony so both the kids could go for a ride together. Sadly it’s getting hard as they both want to ride and we only have one Rolly.
Well what a busy few weeks we have all had! In such a short time we have gone from 8 strips of deep ploughed land to 4 strips of arable soil and planted up with a good selection of vegetables.
Inspired by the garden pursuits of 'Squid & Me', we have decided to try and grow tomatoes in our Little Trekkers post bag. This time we read the labels very carefully in the garden centre so that we were sure we had tomato plants and not chillies!
We spent a nice weekend camping over Easter at Highside Farm in Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham. Highside Farm is a tiny rural site with only 5 pitches. It's a bit like camping in someone's back garden but essentially that's exactly what we did.
With the sun shining, we decided to take a walk down to our local nature reserve to see the bluebells.