The wind was still pretty high when we woke up for our second day, so we decided to stay lower down. Blea Tarn is a favourite spot of mine, always good for a photo opportunity when the water is still with that amazing reflection of the Langdale hills in the tarn.
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 ….
Chloe has decided she wants to learn to sail so Harry offered to teach her. I have to admit, I was highly sceptical.
It was still very much winter, there was snow on the tops, but we hadn’t been away in the camper van for while so we decided to head for the Lake District, specifically the National Trust campsite at Langdale. Not somewhere we’d usually camp during peak season, but in February it was very reasonably priced! Funnily enough, in what is usually a very busy campsite, we only noticed about three tents, but many camper vans! We don’t have any heating in our camper van, but it’s definitely warmer than sleeping in a tent.
After a long 7 years we finally got a chance for an extended trip to Austria. Being a Scottish-Austrian family this meant a lot to us and we were determined to make the best of it, whatever the weather.
I’ve been thinking back over all our family walks to try and work out what it is that turns a good hill walk into a great hill walk. There are lots of factors that influence this but, beyond ensuring that you’ve got the right skills and equipment, perhaps one of the most important is your choice of hill.
The Postie arrived with a box this weekend that caused a great level of excitement. Who was it going to be for? Little Trekkers had sent us a set of Bogs Durham Solid Wellies to try out!
It was a rather chilly and frosty day, and everybody was a bit lacklustre about giving Jarvis his walk. We decided to hop in the car and go a little bit further afield, rather than doing one of our usual walks we do every day. As we set off, I reeled off some of our favourites, which were greeted with a resounding “NO”. After reciting a huge long list and still not getting answers I asked in despair “well where then?” To which the answer came – “here” with James pointing to a small layby with a forest track leading away from it.
I don’t think I really thought we would ski the Back Corrie at Nevis Range together as a family for a number of years. It’s a pretty serious place to ski and for most of the year its really classed as back country skiing under limited patrol, the conditions can vary a lot. However towards the end of the season when the snow switches to spring snow (that’s when its wet and soft when the temperature rises above freezing) it can often be more accessible and friendly.
At this time of year, it’s so beautiful outdoors that it’s hard to decide what we like best. Bluebells, however, would definitely be on our shortlist. I can’t think of many sights as emblematic of the British countryside as a carpet of native bluebells nestling under a wood of oak or beech trees. Every year, we eagerly await the moment when the ground turns blue in our local woods at Badbury Clump.
Our last ski was a hot one!
We left the house in flip-flops and ski trousers (a new combination that I'm not convinced is likely to catch on..) and drove the bends up the mountain to Oz, with the windows down, the sun high and the birds in full Spring song. The short drive is always beautiful; waterfalls are positively charging at this time of year, such is the extent and speed of which snow is melting higher up.
The River Teith at Callander, is a real gem of a river. It was one of our local rivers when we lived in Stirling pre little trekkers and I dread to think how many times I’ve actually paddled it. From quick post work summer evening paddles, to giving beginners their first taste of moving water. I’ve paddled it when it’s been so low you’ve had to bump over every rock as you’ve scraped your way down and so high the carpark at the start has been well and truly underwater and the paddle has been over in a blur. So you’d think now this old favourite is back on our doorstep we’d be there most weekends. I’m ashamed to say although we’ve been back in Scotland a few years now we still hadn’t paddled it. Well that needed to be rectified as soon as possible.
Having found several options for a wild camp during our ‘Island Hopping’ experience, all we really needed was the right weather. We were pleased to see that two or three reasonable days were forecast later in the week: winds would be light, and although the odd shower was possible, so too were some sunny spells.