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 ….

Children Love Mushrooms

Children Love Mushrooms

Ok, I know that anytime we eat Chinese food Ella and Joel sit there picking the mushrooms out whilst complaining how horrible they are. Despite this fact, Ella and Joel love mushrooms. They like the types that grow outside, in the hills and woods of our wonderful countryside. It doesn’t matter where you live or what time of year, there are often some fungi to be found on a walk and a trip we took a few weeks ago didn’t disappoint.

Bouldering at Buckstones

Bouldering at Buckstones

The weather has been gorgeous for the last couple of days. It started off cold but by lunchtime the sun was out and the Pennines were beginning to show the first signs of spring. I do love spring afternoons and evenings on the Moors and it is a great time to stroll around and watch the sunset. The kids looked like they needed a bit of an adventure so I suggested we go bouldering at favourite spot near home called Buckstones.
Tumbling Waterfalls and Campfires

Tumbling Waterfalls and Campfires

Team McLean absolutely loved camping at Fisherground, Eskdale. After a rather terrifying drive over Hardknott Pass we arrived safe and sound. The weather wasn't particularly great but our boys don't seem to mind getting wet. There is something a little magical about Fisherground, with an adventure playground, pond complete with tyre rafts and it's very own steam locomotive station it's a family paradise.

Chicken Wonderland

Chicken Wonderland

We've been in Golden Square, our smallholding-to-be, for two months now. One of the biggest motivators for our move from SW12 was to have enough land to produce our own fruit, veg, meat and dairy - now we've got the land, we've got to learn fast! It's pretty scary having to make big decisions with so little knowledge, but we're trying to be as sensible as we can, taking advice from nearby breeders, neighbours, books, and internet sites before settling on our plan of action.

Meet Woody, the 39 Year Old Campervan

Meet Woody, the 39 Year Old Campervan

Hi, my name is Willow, I am 5 1/2 years old and love being outside. Most of my adventures involve Woody, my old VW Campervan and my 6 month old Airedale puppy named Martha. We go for lots of walks in the New Forest, my local common, the Seaside, Netley is only a 5 minute drive away from home and Martha walks with me to school everyday too.

Pirates of the Dorset Coast

Pirates of the Dorset Coast

We are lucky enough to live in Dorset with 3 year old twins, and there are so many free outdoor things to do. My husband and I love sailing and we are determined to introduce Bill and Evie to as much outdoor life as can. This day was the first time they had been out on the dinghy in their new Crewsaver life jackets and they were so proud!

Beware of the Sharks at Tiddesworth Reservoir

Beware of the Sharks at Tiddesworth Reservoir

One of our favourite spots to spend an afternoon as a family is Tittesworth reservoir in the Peak District National Park. Our last quick visit turned into a whole afternoon playing pirates in the fantastic play area, see photo of Reuben escaping from his little sister, pirate Orla before climbing up into the crow’s nest and checking for sharks.

Leaving the Big Smoke for a Glorious Life on a Smallholding in Devon

Leaving the Big Smoke for a Glorious Life on a Smallholding in Devon

We've just made the great escape from deepest darkest South London to gorgeous green Devon. We're setting up a smallholding just outside Stockland in East Devon. We've got started with some serious veg patch digging and orchard pruning, and a couple of weeks ago our slightly bald ex-battery chickens moved in too.

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