Sunshine and Rivers

Ah, a sunny bank holiday! And what’s more, a really hot one!! It was absolutely perfect timing to try out Dora’s new Keen Newport sandals from Little Trekkers.

Unless you’re lucky enough to be close to the coast, it seems the only thing to do on a hot, sunny bank holiday is head to a river. We’d spent the morning in the car driving to meet up with friends, and we wanted to stop on the way back for an ice cream. Grindleford has a lovely community shop that sells the locally made Hope Valley ice cream (as well as very tasty pies, pasties, pastries and cakes, but today was definitely an ice cream day!)

The village shop is in the grounds of St Helen’s Church, and a very short walk from there over the bridge and round the corner led us to the river. Amazingly no-one else was there and we had the whole area to explore! Dora enjoyed sitting on the grass and picking up stones to throw in the water.

We got her on her feet and encouraged her to walk out over the shallow bit. Walking on wet pebbles was no problem, but when she felt the cold water on her feet she was not happy and picked both feet up immediately!

She has tiny size 3 feet and isn’t walking independently yet, but with hands to hold these Keen sandals didn’t slow her down. The closed toe means that her toes are protected when she reverts to crawling, and the sturdy soles mean no slipping on wet pebbles. I think we’ll be getting a lot more wear out of these this year – fingers crossed for the right weather!

About the Author

Helen Fulson

Helen Fulson

About Me & Mine

Hi! I’m Helen, married to Jamie, we live in the Peak District and we have a daughter commonly known as Dora (the Explorer) and a dog called Bali who is usually found stealing food and shaking mud over the unsuspecting.

Favourite place in the world:

How can you pick just one place in the world?! We’ve been lucky to travel to many beautiful places, stand out favourites would have to include the mountains surrounding Lake Bohinj in Slovenia, sleeping under the stars in Bishop, California and closer to home it’s difficult to pick between the surf beaches in Pembrokeshire and Cornwall and the mountains in the Lake District, North Wales, or Scotland.

Favourite things to do outdoors:

Walking with the dog in the hills, climbing, surfing, biking, swimming, running, kayaking – anything active really.

Comments (2)

  • Jay Greengrass

    Jay Greengrass

    28 May 2018 at 09:03 | #

    What a beautiful spot to throw stones! In no time at all Dora will be toddling off on her own, leading the way to mischief, I'm sure. And I'm also sure that I'm not the only adult who instinctively said aloud, "Nawwwwwwwwww!" at the sight of her teeny little feet ;-)

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    • Helen Fulson

      Helen Fulson

      08 June 2018 at 20:10 | #

      She has really teeny feet - still only a tiny size 3!!

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