Wat-er lot of fun! A mini-moors adventure
All our kids really need to be happy is some water to play in and some freedom to go exploring. Add some warm sunshine and a steam train passing by, and you've got kid heaven.
All of this came together on one glorious day up in North Yorkshire when we were on our Easter holidays a couple of weeks ago. We'd planned to go to the beach, but a freezing cold sea fret was rudely lingering over the coast, so we headed over to the moors to enjoy the sunshine. As we drove away from the coast Mr P was struck by a memory from his childhood of picnics and paddling and drove us to Darnholme Lane, near Goathland.
This little lane leads to an exquisite place which consists of a ford with stepping stones placed on it for pedestrians to use, an easy-to-access river, a hill to climb and a secret waterfall to find. As well as all of that it's right next to the train line which carries the NYMR (North Yorkshire Moors Railway) steam train from Pickering to Whitby!
It was sunny and warm, but the boys weren't wearing their shorts and sandals, so they were togged up in their wellies and waterproofs (the 7yo in his trusty Bog boots and Spotty Otter Forest Ranger dungarees) and set free.
We followed the stream, with the boys and dog dipping in and out of the water, then clambered up the hill. I chose to walk up the steps. The boys, of course, fought their way through heather and gorse. Back down and across a bog to find a hidden waterfall, until the lure of playing at the stepping stones became too strong.
On the way down the hill we took a moment to watch the steam train pass by before the kids reached the ford. They started out taking care, but before too long they were in, quite literally, at the deep end. The waterproofs and wellies were breeched, and the boys were wet up to their necks! They absolutely loved it!
About the Author
About Me & Mine
I am a writer, editor, wife and mum to two very lively boys aged seven and five - and not forgetting Oakley, our bouncy black lab. Most days with my boys are an adventure of sorts, but at weekends we love to get out and about in our local countryside of the spectacular North Wessex Downs AONB either on wheels or on foot.
Favourite place in the world:
The mountains! I was lucky enough to have grandparents living in Salzburg, Austria when I grew up and have always had a love for the mountains. In summer I love the walks and the views, and in winter the smell of snow and skiing.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
There is a favourite spot in the next village along from us - some woods which are full of possibilities. There are streams to splash through, mud to get stuck in, 'dinosaur' ferns to hide amongst and fallen trees to bug-hunt in. Every time we go up there as a family we have a magical time. It helps that there's a cafe and pub where we park the car so we can finish the walk with a hot chocolate!