National walking month is over half way through now and whilst we have been out and about lots, we have only done a few walks as a family. So when Granny and Grandad arrived the boys decided that they wanted to take them hunting for treasure on one of their favourites up Fairy Hill.
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One of the things we had to get used to on our recent Austria wanderings was that one does not simply stomp through Austria without a plan. Or directions. This is the country that has proper paths and signposts and they paint way marks on trees and generally it's very difficult to get lost (even for somebody like me who cannot follow any directions). Just as well I grew up in Austria! I only caught on to my 'getting lost easily' challenge when I was well grown up and started to live outside Austria!
“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.
At this time of year, it’s so beautiful outdoors that it’s hard to decide what we like best. Bluebells, however, would definitely be on our shortlist. I can’t think of many sights as emblematic of the British countryside as a carpet of native bluebells nestling under a wood of oak or beech trees. Every year, we eagerly await the moment when the ground turns blue in our local woods at Badbury Clump.
“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!’
Our recent mini break wasn't all about glamping it up in a posh tent for the weekend....we were keen to get out every day and enjoy what the spectacular Dromoise countryside has to offer.
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.
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.
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.
May is National Walking Month and it’s got me thinking about how we’ve managed to make going for a family walk not only normal, but also enjoyable for our two boys. I’m no expert by any means, but I thought I’d jot down some thoughts on raising happy walkers based on our experiences. I’d love to hear your ideas too!
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.
It was a rather chilly and frosty day, and everybody was a bit lacklustre about giving Jarvis his walk. We decided to hop in the car and go a little bit further afield, rather than doing one of our usual walks we do every day. As we set off, I reeled off some of our favourites, which were greeted with a resounding “NO”. After reciting a huge long list and still not getting answers I asked in despair “well where then?” To which the answer came – “here” with James pointing to a small layby with a forest track leading away from it.