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.
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My idea of a great canoe trip is to go on a journey. The boys’ idea of a great canoe trip is to canoe for perhaps half-a-mile, land somewhere ‘interesting’, and spend several hours ‘pottering’ about.
The wet weather this Bank Holiday weekend has made me think about other walks we have enjoyed in spite of torrential rain. One of these walks was along the Keswick Railway Path – which runs for four miles along what was part of the route of the Keswick-to-Penrith railway.
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.
Over the past two years, our open canoeing adventures have been a great success. We’ve canoed in so many places, I haven’t been able to blog about them all: the West Coast of Scotland; the Lake District; and the estuaries, rias, and tidal rivers of Devon and Cornwall.
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.
One day last Easter, when the weather really was too bad to contemplate doing anything outdoors with small children, we took them to a climbing wall for the first time. (See ‘Reach for the Sky’ link below)