“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!’
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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.
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.
We got a bike seat for Dora as soon as she was old enough. We took her out twice, had a lovely time, and then winter came. And it just seemed to stick around for ever! We’re generally all-weather kind of people, but it’s not fair to stick Dora on the back of a bike when she’s not moving, she’s not only exposed to the elements but moving through them at some speed (however slow!) and it’s wet and cold and windy.
Whenever we’re planning our weekend adventures, we tend to always forget all the fantastic things we have right on our doorstop. That’s not to say we don’t appreciate the lovely scenery in our village, we do, we really are spoilt for choice for our daily dog walks. But whilst we get out every day locally, a hurried walk before you dash off to work or to an after-school club isn’t quite the same as really taking the time to explore is it?
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.
Stannage Edge is a mecca for climbers, runners and ramblers alike and is one of our favourite quick Sunday strolls. It doesn’t matter how many times we come up here, each time it looks different but equally epic.
We’d been waiting for an opportunity to climb Ben A’an, a ‘small hill’ in the Trossachs overlooking Loch Katrine, but we were cursed with low cloud and damp, uninspiring weather. It takes weather that is unsafe – rather than merely unpleasant – to put me off climbing a hill, but it seems silly to make the children toil up a hill when there’s no prospect of a view from the top.
“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.
I don’t think I really thought we would ski the Back Corrie at Nevis Range together as a family for a number of years. It’s a pretty serious place to ski and for most of the year its really classed as back country skiing under limited patrol, the conditions can vary a lot. However towards the end of the season when the snow switches to spring snow (that’s when its wet and soft when the temperature rises above freezing) it can often be more accessible and friendly.
Not everyone loves a moorland landscape. The vast, seemingly empty wilderness can feel overwhelming, and perhaps unexciting. They look beautiful in September when the heather is in full bloom, but are they a good place to explore with kids at other times of year?
I have noticed a recurring theme in my posts, that being the weather. It seems that this very British of obsessions has followed me into the Alps and I find it hard not to mention at least a passing comment on the days weather......it really does shape our outdoor world!