Articles in Category: South West

How To Get Them to Walk (Part 2)

How To Get Them to Walk (Part 2)

“But what happens when it’s raining? How do you get them to walk then?” Once I’ve described how, with a bit of determination and imagination, it’s perfectly possible to get the children to go for that walk, there’s usually an immediate follow-on question about how to achieve this in wet weather. The answer is ‘More of the same!’

Five on the Helford River

Five on the Helford River

Going out in our canoes is always fun, but a journey brings the bonus of a real sense of achievement. We had lots of great days on the Helford River last summer, but the one I most enjoyed was the descent of the tidal part of the river from Gweek to the sea.

How to Get Them to Walk (Part 1)

How to Get Them to Walk (Part 1)

“But how do you get them to walk?” This is something I am frequently asked by other parents when we exchange stories about weekends and holidays and I tell them about our walks. “I’d love to do a walk like that with my children, but it’s just not possible!” they say. My standard answer is that it’s almost certainly possible with a bit of determination and imagination.

Stuck in the Mud!

Stuck in the Mud!

Back in the summer – which now seems impossibly long ago – we were trying to get used to going out in two canoes. One particular day, we thought we would again trolley the canoes the mile to the creek on the Helford River, and explore downstream. We calculated that, although it would be a neap tide, we should still have enough water to launch as long as we didn’t faff too much.

When the Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary!

When the Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary!

I was recently inspired by an article I read about how we are now raising our children in captivity - this notion really struck a chord with me - perhaps because of my own upbringing in the sprawling concrete jungle of Hong Kong, or perhaps because sometimes it just is 'easier' to turn on the TV and let your kids while away their childhood.

A Mega-Mileathon for Sport Relief

A Mega-Mileathon for Sport Relief

To be honest, getting the kids out for a dog walk can be brutally tough at times. We know that once they're out they have the best time, enjoying the freedom of the open countryside, the excitement of playing in the woods, and simply getting as muddy as possible. They, however, don't seem to remember that and can put up an almighty battle.

Autumn Tryptych (Part 3)

Autumn Tryptych (Part 3)

Batsford Arboretum is a firm favourite with our Little Trekkers. More compact than Westonbirt and Stourhead, it has an intimate and welcoming atmosphere, and you really do feel at liberty to wander amongst the trees. Set on a hillside with superb views over the surrounding countryside, it’s a fantastic setting.

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