I’m not a fan of crowds but I love a bit of pomp and ceremony. Hence, I was delighted to discover a way to catch the Changing of the Guard whilst avoiding the worst of the crowds.
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 ….
One of the things I love about camping is the chance to really get away from it all. No TV, no computer and on the Outer Hebrides for the majority not even a phone signal. This does have it’s disadvantages though, as it also meant no weather forecast either.
Some of you may remember our little fossil hunting adventure in Dorset in early summer! Well, where else would one go to hunt for fossils?
We could easily have gone back to Froggatt Edge for the second day of our trip to the Peak District but, since variety is the spice of life, we decided to take the boys to experience another crag.
In our last blog post I mentioned the pre-event to our fossil hunting trip was a family fishing trip. You will know from our history that fly-fishing is a family passion and it was this year when things really took off in terms of Corwin's passion for it. So more often than not it was him suggesting to go fishing, rather than Stewart trying to persuade him.
Whilst the beaches on the Outer Hebrides were pretty amazing we were pretty determined to do something a little bit more exciting than spend our whole holiday on the beach.
I have never seen this but recently on the way home from a holiday at the railway station we saw a man with a hawk on his arm. The next thing it flew off and sat above the departure board, then back to the man again swooping low over the people walking back and forth for their train.
Since Easter, when James experienced real rock for the first time, he’s been desperate to go ‘proper’ climbing again. Given where we live, this can only really be achieved by making a weekend of it, which provided a great excuse to spend the May Bank Holiday weekend in the Peak District and catch-up with some friends who also climb.
Judging by how many of us come here, I think the Natural History Museum should be the unofficial Little Trekkers’ Ambassadors HQ. It was one of many “must sees” on our recent trip to the capital and the dinosaur section was first on our list.
The Ruahine Range called to us again...there's so much you haven't seen yet. So, of course, we returned for more exploration, more tramping and more muddy boots!
The third day in the Peak District brought some cloud and strong wind. We would need somewhere sheltered and ideally – as we would have to pack-up by mid-afternoon for the drive home – somewhere quick to get to.
Another place we like to go – especially in the autumn – is the National Trust estate at Stourhead, a magnificent landscaped water garden.